B.C.'s Bad Driver of the Week 2

BC's Bad Driver of the Week this week is one that has difficulty turning left from a business parking lot onto a busy highway. The vehicle turns into a two way left turn lane, drives along it for about a block and then moves to the right when traffic moves enough to let the driver in. Legally, the only way out of a two way left turn lane is to turn left. Moving out of it the way this driver did is an offence. The risk involved is hinted at in the words "two way." Traffic coming the other way may also use this lane to turn left and if this driver is busy watching to the right trying to merge a head on collision is a very real possibility. Collision aside, this behaviour also makes it difficult for oncoming drivers to use the lane.

Reference Link:

Two Way Left Turn Lanes - DriveSmartBC


2-way left turn lanes

Holy Cow! According to your video, I am apparently one of those bad drivers, but I sure don't recognize myself as one. I use the two-way traffic (left turn) lane to merge right fairly often, and have been for years!  It's purpose to allow left turners to safely merge right. I don't travel in the lane, mostly, I just stop, and wait for a hole in the traffic approaching from the rear to merge right. Due to the common, and heavy traffic along the four lanes on 27th street in Vernon, employing that 5th middle lane seems the safest way to turn left across two lanes. Not talking about intersections, of course, just exits from businesses.

Holy Cow!

Here is another perfect example of a driver that thinks they are a good driver because they can physically handle a vehicle well, but doesn't really know the rules of the road.  For some reason a large percentage of drivers thinks that because they have never had a ticket or an accident they must be good drivers.  Please, please, go to the motor licencing office and get a "Tuning up for Drivers" handbook and refresh your memory so you can do it better.  Every time you do something in traffic, such as a right or left turn or a lane change, ask yourself if the people that share the road with you and saw you do it would think you did it well.  Same goes for following distance and every other manoeuver you can think of.  The people that share the road with you can sometimes be a better judge of your actual driving ability than you are.  Whether you learned to driver five years ago or 35 years ago, the rules do sometimes change and, of course, sometimes you forget what they were in the first place.  When you short cut a procedure or regulation a few times it now becomes the normal way for you to do it, forgetting that it is not correct or legal.  Food for thought.

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Obviously Washington State is a different jurisdiction, and it would be easy to dismiss the following for that very reason, but the fact is that a two-way left turn lane in Washington appears exactly the same as it does in BC, with the same lines, arrows and signage. And yet Washington law allows the use of these lanes for entering trraffic.

(3)(a) includes: "A two-way left turn lane is near the center of the roadway set aside for use by vehicles making left turns in either direction from or into the roadway."

BC law regarding these lanes, on the other hand, is not nearly as explicit, and seems to be more a matter of interpretion.

On the Contrary

BC law is very explicit, a driver must follow the directions of an applicable traffic control device. In this case there are two of them, arrows painted on the lane and arrows on overhead signs directing the driver using the lane that they must turn left. Lane changes to the right are not turning left.

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