people pull out into the left turn an...

people pull out into the left turn and use it as an on-ramp to the roadway

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Newberg, OR

#1 May 1, 2012
People on the left pull out into the left turn lane and use it as an on-ramp to the flow of traffic. This drives me crazy. It happened again yesterday. A person pulls out into the center left turn lane to get into the flow of traffic and ends up head on with a person trying to turn left. Neither driver knew what to do so they just sat there staring at one another. Pulling into the left turn lane to get onto the roadway is illegal and just plain stupid. Why do Oregon drivers persist in this stupid habit!
Fred Thompson

Newberg, OR

#2 May 8, 2012
I agree. I see people pull out to use the left turn lane in the middle of roadway to get into the traffic flow when they make a left turn. I don't understand why they don't get a ticket for that illegal turn.
John M

Newberg, OR

#3 May 18, 2013
You two should read up on Oregon law before getting annoyed:
811.346 Misuse of special left turn lane; penalty.(1) A person commits the offense of misuse of a special left turn lane if the person uses a special left turn lane for anything other than making a left turn either into or from the special left turn lane.

(2) A person who turns into a special left turn lane from an alley, driveway or other entrance to the highway that has the special left turn lane is in violation of this section if the person does anything other than stop in the lane and merge into traffic in the lane immediately to the right of the person’s vehicle.

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