Signs Yield Confusion at NK Intersections

The in basket: Jeffrey Breuer is puzzled by the placement of the yield signs at a couple of North Kitsap intersections.
Going east on Highway 308 “and you turn right on Central Valley Road, they put in a yield sign,” he said. “What is the purpose of it? They taught me in drivers ed that anyone turning in my travel (lane) has to yield to me.


The in basket: Jeffrey Breuer is puzzled by the placement of the yield signs at a couple of North Kitsap intersections.
Going east on Highway 308 “and you turn right on Central Valley Road, they put in a yield sign,” he said. “What is the purpose of it? They taught me in drivers ed that anyone turning in my travel (lane) has to yield to me.
“Is the county trying to screw things up by doing this, because every time I yield, the other car looks at me like I’m lost. Now if I get in an accident at one of those locations, who’s fault is it when everybody knows you have to yield to someone if you are turning into on-coming traffic?
“Also going west from the same place turning to get on northbound Highway 3, there is a yield sign. Once again, they are turning in my lane of travel. Don’t they have to yield to me?”
The out basket: The rules of the road Jeffrey is relying on apply except when a police officer or sign says otherwise. In both locations he mentions and in most other locations with a dedicated right turn lane, for that matter, the right turn flow has the yield sign and is required to yield to those turning left.
I’m just guessing, but that’s probably because right turners get a longer look at the sign that a left turner would. The left turner would have more distractions, too, having just completed a turn, possibly across oncoming traffic, just a few dozen feet from where the sign otherwise would have to be put.
Also the industry standard requires traffic control signs to be to the right of drivers controlled by them.
If you ignore a yield sign and have an accident, it’ll be your fault and you’ll get the ticket.
I can’t agree with Jeffrey that the others are turning into his lane of travel. It seems to me that both streams are leaving their lanes of travel and entering a new one, with right of way controlled by the sign.

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