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Old 10-29-2019, 08:46 AM
 
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Different states have different laws, and we have so many newcomers to Arkansas, that I think it should be pointed out that:

If your windshield wipers are on, then your headlights should be, too.

And:

The lane in the middle of the road with solid yellow lines on the outside, is a TURN lane. It's intended for cars that are turning left to get out of the flow of traffic, and then turn left when it is safe to do so. You are not supposed to drive in that lane. You can use it to assist you merging in traffic, but when you do so you must come to a complete halt as you wait to safely merge. You are not supposed to drive in that lane.
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:18 AM
 
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Different states have different laws, and we have so many newcomers to Arkansas, that I think it should be pointed out that:

If your windshield wipers are on, then your headlights should be, too.

And:

The lane in the middle of the road with solid yellow lines on the outside, is a TURN lane. It's intended for cars that are turning left to get out of the flow of traffic, and then turn left when it is safe to do so. You are not supposed to drive in that lane. You can use it to assist you merging in traffic, but when you do so you must come to a complete halt as you wait to safely merge. You are not supposed to drive in that lane.
A driver has to be pretty dense to think that lane is just another lane option to drive down. Like, REALLY dense.
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by DC at the Ridge View Post
Different states have different laws, and we have so many newcomers to Arkansas, that I think it should be pointed out that:

If your windshield wipers are on, then your headlights should be, too.

And:

The lane in the middle of the road with solid yellow lines on the outside, is a TURN lane. It's intended for cars that are turning left to get out of the flow of traffic, and then turn left when it is safe to do so. You are not supposed to drive in that lane. You can use it to assist you merging in traffic, but when you do so you must come to a complete halt as you wait to safely merge. You are not supposed to drive in that lane.
Thanks DC. I didn't know that about the wipers and the lights. I do think most of us would have lights on if we need our wipers, but never knew it was a law. Thanks again for the information.
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Old 10-29-2019, 02:18 PM
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Those continuous left turn lanes are just bad design. Yes, people use them to merge as well as turn left. Technically I don't think you're supposed to, but it's generally overlooked. Most of us have done it a time or two.
Randomly using those lanes for driving or passing isn't a common problem from what I've seen, but it happens.
Arkansas and similar states have a tendency to build roads like that all over the place especially on busier city streets. I think it might stem from a lack of zoning and planning.
Continuous left turn lands also seems to encourage chaos unnecessarily, but it's a cheap and easy way to reduce rear-end crashes without ever having to reconstruct curbing and medians and whatnot when new buildings are built along the highway. It also allows easy-ish access to those buildings without u-turns.
Lately they've been using that design in lieu of proper divided highways in rural areas, allowing the over-development of places that really have little to gain from the tacky roadside endeavors that pop up. Those often end up being abandoned after a short time anyway.
Lights with rain should be common sense, but not utilized enough.

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Old 11-12-2019, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Paradise CA, that place on fire
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In California we can make a right turn at a red light, after a complete stop, if traffic allows. Is that allowed in Arkansas?
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Old 11-12-2019, 11:56 AM
 
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In California we can make a right turn at a red light, after a complete stop, if traffic allows. Is that allowed in Arkansas?
Generally, yes. However some intersections have signs prohibiting it because the traffic conditions at those intersections make such turns hazardous.
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Old 11-12-2019, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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In California we can make a right turn at a red light, after a complete stop, if traffic allows. Is that allowed in Arkansas?
As DC says, yes it is allowed in most situations.
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Old 11-14-2019, 07:51 AM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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Thanks DC. I didn't know that about the wipers and the lights. I do think most of us would have lights on if we need our wipers, but never knew it was a law. Thanks again for the information.
Most cars today have automatic circuits that take care of that for us.
A few of us have cheap cars (me ) and have to do that ourselves.

As for the turn lane, I think traffic is easy here.

But then, I came from Killeen TX, where the Army thinks that any unobstructed, paved (or smooth dirt) strip over 6 feet wide is fair game. I have literally been passed on both sides, simultaneously as I traveled down a highway. Never seen so many people in such a hurry, to get to morning formation.
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