Ask Trooper Steve: Who has right of way during U-turn?

Steve Montiero answers viewer questions

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager, Steve Montiero - Traffic Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - One of the first things you learn as a driver is what the colors of traffic signals mean. Green may mean go, but does that always mean you have the right of way?

Marlene emailed News 6 Traffic Safety Expert Steve Montiero and asked who has the right  of way when a driver is making a U-turn while another car has a green left arrow at the intersection.

"For the most part, this is supposed to be pretty cut and dry," Montiero said. "If your light displays green, then the road belongs to you. If your light is red, and you're attempting to make a right turn, then you're obligated by law to yield to anyone in possession of the roadway."

The caveat, however, is for green-light travelers. If there is a sign that states, "U-turn must yield to right turn," then drivers must yield to the vehicle making a right prior to their turnaround.

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