Throughout the country, there are millions of vehicles on the roads each day that make left turns, right turns, speed, make left turns from the wrong lane, make right turns from the wrong lane, and turn right too wide. When a vehicle is making a right turn, the law states that the vehicle must turn into the furthest right lane available depending on the size of the highway. If a vehicle makes a right turn onto a three-lane roadway and turns into the middle lane then this is grounds for a traffic stop and a traffic ticket. Even if the vehicle making the turn needs to be in the far left lane after their right turn the law states that the turn must be made into the furthest right lane available and then the vehicle can begin safely moving over into the left lanes.
Fines and Penalties
The fines for various traffic violations across the country differ because each individual state sets the amount for state roads and each individual township sets the amount for local roads. The fine assessed to the violator of this offense will range anywhere from $100-$300 depending on the situation and the size of the road. The only vehicles that can make wide right turns legitimately or legally are tractor-trailers. Tractor-trailers are legally allowed to make wide right turns because they are larger vehicles that have a more difficult time turning a corner and landing in the far right lane.
Traffic Points and Impact on Driving Record / License
Turning right too wide is considered a moving violation across the country, which is punishable with two points on the offender’s license. These points will remain active on the license for three years but will not be removed from the license until the fourth year. This means that when a background check on a driver’s license is performed the points will not show up on the license after the fourth year even though they are still present. They are considered to be inactive. Accumulating points on a driver’s license might also cause an insurance company to raise their rates for the offender because he or she is viewed as a dangerous driver or a liability to insure.
Hiring a Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been issued a traffic ticket for turning right too wide, contact an experienced traffic tickets attorney immediately for expert legal counsel regarding your case today. The attorney will examine your traffic ticket and incident, look at your prior driving record, and then determine the best defense to have the ticket thrown out in court.