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U-Turns, Sometimes no sign is no defense

This blog is in response to The Drive's "The U-turn is legal, if U follow all the rules" by Tim Harlow, appearing in the December 28, 2015 edition of the Star Tribune.  

One of the pleasures I have of practicing law in rural communities, primarily in South Central Minnesota, is to learn the rules and intricacies of a particular community.  This is tantamount to learning how to speak Minnesotan.

I have found that little towns do not like to be the end point of someone’s turn around.

Frequently, for reasons that I’m beginning to understand, small towns prohibit U-turns on their streets.  I remember walking into a county attorney’s office one time, in a smaller town, and the legal secretary berated me for pulling a U-turn in front of their building.  How dare I?   In my estimation, it was a perfectly legal U-turn, completed safely.  I got to my destination, and that was my purpose, and there was no sign prohibiting my behavior.

Many small towns have no U-turn municipal laws prohibiting that U-turn, even if there is no sign.  Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

So, to all you “U-eys” U-turn safely.  

Tags: U-Turns traffic laws traffic violations