Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Chaning Lanes
Q: Can you turn right at a red light if there are two right turn only lanes and you are in the inner (left) lane? I'm thinking of the intersection at Cleveland Road and Grape Road.

Also, just south of downtown South Bend there is a shift of three lanes to four lanes going north on Michigan Street. If you are in the center lane of the three lane street, which lane should you take once you enter the four lane street? I'm thinking the outer lane drivers should stay straight and the inner lane drivers may choose either of the inner lanes.

A: Indiana Code 9-21-8-21 states that A person who drives a vehicle intending to turn at anintersection must do the following:
(1) Make both the approach for a right turn and a right turn asclose as practical to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

In the case of a dual right hand turn lane, turning right from either lane when appropriate to do so is permissible as long as you maintain your same lane.

In the case of that "jog", near Michigan and Broadway, there is no painted advisory to maintain the lanes, so my advice is to maintain the correct lane you are in until safe to do so otherwise- and use your signals to let others know which one you are taking!


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