Q&A - Turning at a Two Way Stop

Q&A ImageThe intersection at Valley and Summit drive in Kelowna is a 2 way stop for drivers on the  North and South side of Valley road. Does the car approching from the South turning left have the right of way or does the car turning right approching from the North?

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Answer

If the left turn vehicle arrives at the stop sign first, it turns first after stopping.

If the right turn vehicle arrives at the stop sign first, it turns first after stopping.

The issue occurs when both arrive at the same time. Neither has right of way over the other and neither is on the right of the other (we yield to the vehicle on the right when we arrive at the same time).

On page 45 of the current edition of Learn to Drive Smart, our provincial driver training manual, it says "If two vehicles are stopped at a two-way stop and one of the drivers wants to turn left, this driver should yield the right-of- way to the other vehicle. The only exception is if the left-turning vehicle is already in the intersection and has started to make the turn. In this case, the other vehicle must yield."

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