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.