as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/06/2020 09:22am
A bill for an act
relating to public safety; traffic regulation; amending requirements for left turns;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.19, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.19, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
The driver of a vehicle intending to turn at an
intersection shall do so as follows:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, both the approach for a right turn
and a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the
roadway. When necessary to accommodate vehicle configuration, a driver is permitted to
make a right turn into the farthest lane of a roadway with two or more lanes in the same
direction in order to make a U-turn at a reduced conflict intersection, if it is safe to do so.
(b) Approach for a left turn on other than one-way roadways shall be made in that portion
of the right half of the roadway nearest the centerline thereof, and after entering the
intersection the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection deleted text beginto the right of the
centerline of the roadway being entereddeleted text endnew text beginnew text end. Whenever practicable the left turn shall be made in that portion of
the intersection to the left of the center of the intersection.
(c) Approach for a left turn from a two-way roadway into a one-way roadway shall be
made in that portion of the right half of the roadway nearest the centerline thereof and by
passing to the right of such centerline where it enters the intersection.
(d) A left turn from a one-way roadway into a two-way roadway shall be made from the
left-hand lane and by passing to the right of the centerline of the roadway being entered
upon leaving the intersection.
(e) Where both streets or roadways are one way, both the approach for a left turn and a
left turn shall be made as close as practicable to the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
(f) new text beginnew text end
new text beginnew text endLocal authorities in their respective jurisdictions may cause markers, buttons, or
signs to be placed within or adjacent to intersections and thereby require and direct that a
different course from that specified in this section be traveled by vehicles turning at an
intersection, and when markers, buttons, or signs are so placed no driver of a vehicle shall
turn a vehicle at an intersection other than as directed and required by such markers, buttons,
deleted text begin (g)deleted text end new text beginnew text endWhenever it is necessary for the driver of a motor vehicle to cross a bicycle lane
adjacent to the driver's lane of travel to make a turn, the driver shall first signal the movement,
then drive the motor vehicle into the bicycle lane prior to making the turn, but only after it
is safe to do so. The driver shall then make the turn consistent with any traffic markers,
buttons, or signs, yielding the right-of-way to any vehicles or bicycles approaching so close
thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.