Department of Highways, District 11
Turn lane being misused as passing lane near high school Manchester police to patrol section of US 421

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 29, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sandy Rudder
District 11-Manchester

 MANCHESTER, KY.— Motorists using a center turn lane as a passing lane in front of Clay County High School risk being cited and fined, according to law enforcement officials and the District 11 office of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Law enforcement officials have received reports of chronic misuse of the two-way left turn lane on US 421 between Greenbrier Road (KY 638) and Fox Hollow (County Road 1344).

District 11 personnel and law enforcement officials remind motorists that two-way left turn lanes cannot be used for passing or through travel.

Many two-way streets have a center lane marked as a two-way left turn lane.  The turn lane is bordered on either side by two yellow lines.   The inner line is broken or dashed, the outer line is solid.  Pavement marking arrows may or may not be present.  This lane is for the exclusive use of left turning vehicles, either direction.

Turn lanes are designed to increase safety and improve traffic flow.  Stopped or slow left-turning vehicles are removed from through lanes.  Drivers attempting to make a turn are able to wait in safety for an adequate opening in traffic.   Delay to through vehicles is reduced because left-turning vehicles are not blocking through lanes.




TO TURN LEFT FROM THE STREET: Look for opposing vehicles already in the turn lane, signal a left turn, then drive completely inside the turn lane. Do not stop at an angle with the rear of your vehicle blocking traffic. Turn only when it is safe. Watch for vehicles approaching in the same lane to make turns.

TO TURN LEFT INTO THE STREET: Wait for an opening in traffic on the near side of the street. Watch for vehicles entering the center lane to turn left. When safe, turn left driving completely into the center lane.  Do not stop with part of your vehicle blocking through traffic. When safe, move to the right into the regular traffic lane and proceed.