Adrian, MI asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan

Q: What exactly is a improper right turn?

I was turning right leaving a gas station parking lot onto a 5 lane hwy [2 lanes for each direction of traffic and one center lane] And I turned into the lane closest to the center since that's what most motorist do in Michigan I've observed. I was then pulled over and told this was a improper right turn? I'm not disputing that it might be but the information I found online only shows 4 way stops/stop light scenarios and not a scenario when leaving a business.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: I believe a proper right turn requires a turn into the most immediate lane, so you would need to have turned into the right-most lane instead of the lane closest to center. I can appreciate what you are saying about seeing other motorists do this. Unfortunately for you, you happened to do this in front of a police officer who wanted to pull you over. It's like being one of several cars going 10 MPH over the limit and you happen to be the one they pull over. It happens.

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