Ask the Edmonds Cop: Making a left turn — or not

You’re at an intersection waiting to make a left turn. The driver of a vehicle facing you starts to wave you through like the coast is clear. Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley addresses the appropriate course of action in these and other similarly sticky left-turn situations.



5 Replies to “Ask the Edmonds Cop: Making a left turn — or not”

    1. Last week I asked this question of a nice police officer in front of the Edmonds post office, settling a bet with my husband. You made my day.


  1. Great article Teresa and Sgt. Hawley. There is a reason the right of way is called the “Right” of way. I see this occur at 8th. and Main constantly. I want to scream at them that it’s against the law for me to turn.


  2. Thank you for these segments! I had the 2nd scenario happen when I was a young driver and was hit. I learned my lesson. Not long ago I was waiting to turn left onto a two way street with a two way turn lane. A large pick-up pulled into the turn lane and started waving me on to turn left (trying to do me a favor? because he thought I had to turn 1st?) I couldn’t see far enough to feel confident that it was clear. I shook my head and waved him to go first, he waved harder, insisting. As Sgt. Hawley said, I dug in my heels and said no. The truck punched his accelerator, squealed past and yelled a few filthy descriptives at me. It really shook me up. I’m glad I held my ground though. A person should never be bullied into making any move they aren’t sure of in a car.


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