The Corpus Christi Police Department has a campaign called “First Friday Fun Fact” that will focus on different Texas traffic laws. It will run on the first Friday of each month. Here is this month’s traffic fact.
|A common area of confusion regards U-turns. It seems everyone has a different idea of what is legal and isn’t regarding U-turns. There is only one state law specifically regarding U-turns: §545.102, which prohibits a U-turn if you are not visible within 500 feet of approaching traffic. Otherwise, U-turns are allowed anywhere as long as there is not a sign or local ordinance prohibiting it. If you want to make a U-turn at a traffic light, you cannot do so unless the left turn signal is green or, if there is no left turn signal, the light for through traffic is green. Whenever you make a U-turn, you must, of course, yield to oncoming traffic just as if you were making a left turn.
Transportation Code Section 545.102. TURNING ON CURVE OR CREST OF GRADE
An operator may not turn the vehicle to move in the opposite direction when approaching a curve or the crest of a grade if the vehicle is not visible to the operator of another vehicle approaching from either direction within 500 feet.