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During the month of August, the Santa Monica Traffic Enforcement Section will focus on driver's making illegal U-turns in business districts.
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During the month of August, the Santa Monica Traffic Enforcement Section will focus on driver's making illegal U-turns in business districts.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police To Target Illegal U-Turns In Business Districts

Posted Jul. 30, 2012, 3:51 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica motorists who make illegal U-turns in the City's business districts be warned: police will be focusing on this driving behavior for the month of August and issuing citations to those who break the law.

The SMPD’s Traffic Enforcement Section focuses on different driving behaviors each month that are primary causation for traffic collisions.

Here is the California Vehicle Code - Section 22102 laws applicable to U-Turn in business districts:

22102. No person in a business district shall make a U-turn, except at an intersection, or on a divided highway where an opening has been provided in accordance with Section 21651. This turning movement shall be made as close as practicable to the extreme left-hand edge of the lanes moving in the driver's direction of travel immediately prior to the initiation of the turning movement, when more than one lane in the direction of travel is present.

Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks wants to remind everyone that making a U-turn is a dangerous maneuver.

“U-turns in business districts should only be done at intersections unless there is a posted sign prohibiting the maneuver,” Seabrooks said.

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Jul. 30, 2012, 8:34:09 am

David MacCormick said...

SMPD could generate much more revenue if the posted fine for entering gridlocked downtown intersections was enforced. Moving in the North/South directions frequently results in a two or three light cycle delay due to inconsiderate drivers.

Jul. 31, 2012, 3:09:10 am

Bridget Hile said...

I would like to see the Police target illegal U turns at the intersection of 28th street and Ocean Park Blvd, also driving East on Ocean Park one street past Bundy Drive, no right turns from 4 - 6 pm and people traveling East on Ocean Park and make a right hand turn from the 2nd lane onto Bundy Drive, These are all daily occurances

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