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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

One Way or Another

A sign that always confuses tourists is this one, at the corner of Fort and Wharf streets downtown. Drivers with out-of-province plates always hesitate at the red light, read the sign, and ask, “Really?” – as locals lay on the horns behind them. But it’s true: you can turn left at a red in British Columbia, as long as it’s onto a one-way street.

Section 129 (4) (b) of the province's Motor Vehicle Act reads as follows:

except when a left turn permitted by this paragraph is prohibited by a sign at the intersection, the driver of a vehicle facing the red light at the intersection of not more than 2 highways ... may cause the vehicle to make a left turn into a highway on which traffic is restricted to the direction in which he or she causes the vehicle to turn, but the driver must yield the right of way to all pedestrians and vehicles lawfully proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection.
Judging by the traffic on Victoria’s many one-way downtown streets, this unusual rule of the road is unknown to most Victorians – and even a few traffic cops, as one retired officer’s blog attests here.

3 Comments:

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this intersection. I am a transit driver and love making this left turn, as well as others onto one-way streets. It's too bad our problem in Victoria seems to be people turning the wrong way down one-way streets... It makes my job fun..

 
At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you have to be ON a one way street? turning on to a one way? because what if the guys across from you get an advance green or something? it seems a little scary.

 
At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you have to be ON a one way street? turning on to a one way? because what if the guys across from you get an advance green or something? it seems a little scary.

 

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