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Going straight on RIGHT TURN lane:

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:22 am
by halaku
At 10:am, while traffic is heavy with all big trawlers taking space on the lanes, my wife came out of the plaza and started driving on the South Bound Kennedy Rd in the right most lane (3rd lane).
That lane has a right turn sign and is merging with the left lane after the Kennedy-Ellesmere intersection. There are no signs posted that we can not drive straight on this lane.
She merged into left lane after the intersection and was stopped by the Officer. He gave her the ticket that says:
Highway Traffic Act 182(2)

I am wondering if someone is coming out from a plaza can only turn into immediate lane and can not skip one lane while traffic is running. Also, if someone can not find space to merge before intersection then stopping and waiting before the intersection means you are impeding the traffic and will hear a lot of honking behind you.
Can anyone tell me what our options are.

I have attached the picture for better clarity.

Thanks.

Re: Going straight on RIGHT TURN lane:

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:23 am
by Stanton
There is a sign posted prior to the intersection indicating it's a right turn lane. The sign is black square with a white border and a white arrow pointing right on it. That's a lawful sign under the HTA for lane use, indicating you must turn right. I don't believe heavy traffic is justification for proceeding straight through, but I'm not familiar with relevant case law.

One possibility in Toronto is to see if you can plead to a similar bylaw. The fine would be greatly reduced, and if it doesn't carry any demerit points it won't effect your insurance rates.

Re: Going straight on RIGHT TURN lane:

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:40 pm
by halaku
Can a get a copy of the law and from where. I need to see if it is an obligatory sign or informative.

Re: Going straight on RIGHT TURN lane:

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:45 pm
by hwybear
Stanton is bang on - the sign is a "Lane Designation Sign" that must be obeyed
HTA OREG 615 sec 34
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/e ... e.htm#BK13

Re: Going straight on RIGHT TURN lane:

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:18 pm
by Stanton
halaku wrote:Can a get a copy of the law and from where. I need to see if it is an obligatory sign or informative.


The arrows on the roadway are informative, the sign itself unfortunately is obligatory.

Re: Going straight on RIGHT TURN lane:

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:24 pm
by viper1
My 2 cents.

People doing what you did are inconsiderate.
We follow the lane, wait for our turn, then you people want to but in.
I applaud the cop who took the time to ticket your wife.

Courtesy is needed to prevent ROAD-RAGE.

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