For the sake of safety, and the well-being of your fellow citizens, we encourage anyone operating a motorized vehicle to use their turn signal any time they intend to change a lane or make a turn. In fact, one of our own was victimized by a careless driver who failed to utilize the turn signal function on their car.
“I can’t stand when people don’t use a turn signal but it’s something I think has been getting worse…I was also in my first accident because someone didn’t use a signal, changed lanes, and hit my back passenger door which is a surprisingly big pain to get replaced,” Katie Hastings said.
Failing to comply with turn signal regulations will result in a $96 dollar ticket, and multiple infractions taking place during the same incident can be stacked. In order to avoid this ticket, and promote the safety of your fellow citizens, you must comply with Arizona state law which reads as follows:
1) “A person shall not turn a vehicle at an intersection unless the vehicle is in proper position on the roadway as required in section 28-751, or turn a vehicle to enter a private road or driveway or otherwise turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left on a roadway unless and until the movement can be made with reasonable safety. A person shall not so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided by this article in the event any other traffic may be affected by the movement;”
2) “A signal of intention to turn right or left when required shall be given continuously during not less than the last one hundred feet traveled by the vehicle before turning;”
3) “A person shall not stop or suddenly decrease the speed of a vehicle without first giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided by this article to the driver of any vehicle immediately to the rear when there is opportunity to give the signal.”
Sometimes, a turn signal can seem like a trifle, but the failure to use one can result in a serious accident, as demonstrated by the testimony above from one of our own. Take great pains to use the turn signal as needed and you will evade a ticket and promote safety.