Here's what to know about making a U-turn on a green light

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Many of us have fallen victim to a quick slowdown caused by a driver attempting to make a U-turn, but most of the time, we are getting frustrated with the wrong driver.

Lisa Heavner of East Orange messaged me her frustrations, so I took to the road. 

Here’s the rundown, guys: When you're approaching a traffic signal and you have a green left turn arrow and you’re attempting to make a U-turn, 99 percent of the time, you have the right-of-way. The driver attempting to make a right on red has to yield to you prior to making their turn.

Now, are there times where you, the u-turner, have to yield to someone else? Yes. There are instances where there will be one of two things posted at an intersection. There is always the chance of a “no U-turn sign“ or a sign that indicates that the U-turn must yield to the right turn. Both of these signs will always be clearly posted -- that is, if you’re paying attention  

The method to the madness of understanding Central Florida traffic is that no matter what, we all have to wait our turn. Sooner or later, our light will be green.    

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