In 2020, the Burnaby RCMP Traffic Section nailed 761 drivers that had made an illegal U-turn on Burnaby roadways.
The typical responses police officers faced from these drivers were:
- I didn’t know it was illegal to do a U-turn
- There was no sign saying I could not do a U-turn
- My GPS told me to do a U-turn
If you ask me, I’m not buying these excuses, especially the first one about not knowing.
It’s one of the first things you learn in the driver’s training guide. People know, they just don’t care and that leads to dangerous actions on Burnaby roads.
Did you know that in the Province of British Columbia, U-turns on the roadway are illegal in most circumstances?
U-turns are dangerous and illegal manoeuvres as they are an unexpected element in the normal flow of traffic. This sudden irregular movement may result in other motorists or pedestrians not having enough time to see or react to the vehicle conducting the U-turn, which can result in a motor vehicle collision.
British Columbia prohibits U-turns under the Motor Vehicle Act, Section 168, making U-turns illegal under the following circumstances:
- If the U-turn interferes with other traffic
- In a curve
- At the crest of a hill
- When a sign prohibits a U-turn
- At an intersection controlled by a Traffic Control Signal
- In a business district, except at an intersection where no traffic control signal is present
Police say they hope informed drivers will lead to safer roadways. U-turn violation tickets range between $121 and $167 and carry two demerit points.
“Please share this information. It’s a much better and safer way to learn the rules of the road,” said Cpl. Mike Kalanj of the Burnaby RCMP. “It could save you or someone you know from an accident, or a ticket.”
Just for fun, see below for a video of someone in South Burnaby pulling a hilariously dangerous U-turn.
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