Traffic backs up at the Cota and First Stree intersections in Shelton.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that drivers must use their signal every time they turn or change lanes on a roadway. Thursday’s ruling reverses a Court of Appeals ruling that said a signal is required only when public safety is affected.  The high court ruled that the plain language of the law  requires drivers “to ensure turns and lane changes are done safely and with an appropriate turn signal." 

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est PNW509

Does this apply to bmw drivers too?

Desert Dweller

If you passed the licensing test you know the rules, or should, so don't whine if you get the ticket for pete's sake.


It's pretty simple. Vehicle Code states:

(1) No person shall turn a vehicle or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety nor without giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided.

Nothing about whether anyone is close to you. Obviously, if a cop saw you change lanes without signaling then you had someone close enough to see what you were doing.

Why the resistance? It's not like it's a major expenditure of force.


I always use the turn signals if there is any traffic around me that needs to know what I'm going to do. I do not use the signal if there is no one around me or if traffic is far enough behind me that it will not need to know. It's kind of like having to sit for a time at an early morning or other time red light when there is no traffic anywhere.


So I guess nothing applies to those thoughtless cyclists'?

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