No Loopholes for Left Turn Drivers

The in basket: Tony Busch asks, “At a 2-way stop at an intersection, if you want to turn left, and there is another car opposite of you, do you have to wait for every car that pulls up to the stop sign opposite of you, even though you were there first?
“It is not explained clearly in the Washington State Drivers Guide,” he said.


The in basket: Tony Busch asks, “At a 2-way stop at an intersection, if you want to turn left, and there is another car opposite of you, do you have to wait for every car that pulls up to the stop sign opposite of you, even though you were there first?
“It is not explained clearly in the Washington State Drivers Guide,” he said.
The out basket: The letter of the law says, yes, all straight ahead traffic has the right of way over a left turner, so a succession of drivers wanting to go straight have the right of way. There is no first-come, first-served rule.
As a practical matter, left turners and those going straight normally do take turns, and since all those behind the first car in line are supposed to stop at the stop sign before proceeding, there is usually enough time for the left turner to get through, providing no cross traffic is coming on the main line. But were there to be a collision in that inexact process, the left turner would be at fault.

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