Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Left Turns!
Q: Why does the state of Indiana have so many different left turn arrows.

They are from what I can see the follow:

1. left arrow
2. left arrow with the word only
3. no sign just a light
4 left arrow with words left turn on arrow only.

Do they all mean the exact same thing or does the last one in that list mean you can only turn with a green arrow and the rest are a stop and yield until it is safe to go (provided there is a green light for through traffic)?

A: I would refer you back to the Indiana Operators manual, but in short, turns designated by lights are to be made when allowed by light and safe to do so. A quick excerpt:
The lights indicate and apply to drivers of vehicles and pedestrians as follows:
(1) Green indication means the following:
(A) Vehicular traffic facing a circular green signal may proceed straight through or turn right or left, unless a sign at the place prohibits either turn.
(B) Vehicular traffic, including vehicles turning right or left, shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and to pedestrians lawfully within the intersection or an adjacent sidewalk at the time the signal is exhibited.
(C) Vehicular traffic facing a green arrow signal, shown alone or in combination with another indication, may cautiously enter the intersection only to make the movement indicated by the green arrow or other movement permitted by other indications shown at the same time.


"Left on Arrow Only" means just that. You may NOT make a turn left at any other time.

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