Left turn onto one-way street is perfectly OK

I know it is legal to make a right turn on red after stopping, but I see people make left turns all the time when they are turning onto a one-way road. I cannot believe that this is legal because it requires them to cross my lane of traffic to make the turn. I see this a lot around town in downtown Ashland on Main Street and Lithia Way. Hopefully, people will read this and realize they are breaking the law.

— G.S., Ashland

Well, I hope they see it too, G.S., but not to realize that they're breaking the law, but to confirm that it is indeed legal to make a left turn onto a one-way street, even if you're crossing oncoming traffic lanes to make the turn.

The law doesn't read that you have to make a left turn from a one-way onto a one-way. It states that the road being turned onto must be a one-way street. The road you're turning from can be either a two-way street or a one-way street, it doesn't matter.

Some different examples might be Eighth Street and Riverside Avenue, which would be a one-way eastbound road (Eighth) going onto a one-way northbound road (Riverside.) A different example might be westbound McAndrews Road at southbound Court Street, a two-way street onto a one-way street.

In either case, the turn onto the one-way is permitted, so go ahead and make them when it is safe to do so, and don't get upset at drivers already doing them.

Dace Cochran, a patrol sergeant with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, writes a regular Q&A column on police issues for the Mail Tribune. Have a question for him? Write to Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501, or e-mail cochradc@jacksoncounty.org.

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