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Why do people think they have the right-of-way turning left onto Oleander?

Adam Wagner
StarNews

Q. Why do people think they have the right-of-way turning left onto Oleander in front of those of us turning right?

A. While we can’t tell you what exactly the other drivers are thinking, we can tell you that their left turns are definitely illegal.

The North Carolina statute that covers vehicle control signs and signals, 20-158, says that vehicles coming to a red light should come to a complete stop and then, unless it’s banned, make a right turn.

Left turns, meanwhile, aren’t mentioned in the statute and, thus, aren’t allowed.

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