During 2018, the Parker Rd and Southwest Drive intersection had 105 vehicle accidents. This is one of the busiest intersections in the city and saw the highest number of vehicle/vehicle accidents for that year.
Many of these accidents could have been avoided under AR Code § 27-51-401. Simply put, this law states two things:
- When turning left onto a two lane road, turn into the far left lane (closest to you). Change lanes later, when it is safe to do so.
- When turning right onto a two lane road, turn into the far right lane (closest to you). Change lanes later, when it is safe to do so.
We used the Parker/Southwest intersection for the diagram below, but the principle can be applied to all corners of every intersection in town.
The full legislature can be read below:
AR Code § 27-51-401 (2017)
The driver of a vehicle intending to turn at an intersection shall do so as follows:
(1) Both the approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close as practical to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway;
(2) The approach for a left turn shall be made in that portion of the right half of the roadway nearest the center line of the road. After entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection to the right of the center line of the roadway being entered; and
(A) The approach for a left turn from a two-way street into a one-way street shall be made in that portion of the right one-half (1/2) of the roadway nearest the center line and by passing to the right of the center line where it enters the intersection.
(B) A left turn from a one-way street into a two-way street shall be made by passing to the right of the center line of the street being entered upon leaving the intersection.