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Understanding Improper Turns in NYC

Improper Turn Ticket in New York City

New York City Traffic Ticket Lawyer

New York state laws regarding legal turn procedures are found in N.Y.VTL §§1160-1166. In general, the following basic regulations must be adhered to when making a turn:

Right turns:

  • Drivers must always approach and make a right turn as close as practicable to the right-hand curb (N.Y. VTL §1160)
  • At a signal, drivers turning right on a red must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic (although some intersections do not allow right turns on a red light)
  • Signal lamps or hand signals must always be used not less than 100 feet before turning (N.Y. VTL §1163)

Left turns:

  • At signal-controlled intersections, left turns must yield to oncoming traffic unless a green left-turn arrow is evident
  • Left turns cannot be made if markers, signs, etc. prohibit traffic from moving in that direction (N.Y. VTL §1160(d))
  • Signal lamps or hand signals must always be used not less than 100 feet before turning (N.Y. VTL §1163)


  • U-turns shall be made from the furthermost left lane and into the furthermost left lane when permissible by law (N.Y. VTL §1160(e))

Defense Against Improper Turn Violations

If you have received a traffic ticket for making an improper turn, call Gannes & Musico, LLP today to learn how a New York City traffic attorney could help you fight your charges. If you do not succeed to fight your ticket, you will receive two points on your driving record, which could contribute to license suspension.

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