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Illegal U-Turn: State Laws

One way to switch directions on a roadway is to perform a "u-turn,' in which the driver makes a sharp left turn and heads back the other way. But since these can be dangerous in the wrong situation or wrong spot, states regulate this maneuver. The following is a directory of illegal u-turn laws by state.

Alabama

Turning movements and required signals
(AL Code §32-5A-133)

Alaska Negligent Driving
(AK Statutes §28.35.410)
Arizona Limitations on turning around
(ARS §28-752)
Arkansas

Turning on curve or crest of grade prohibited
(AR Code §27-51-402)

California

Turning and Stopping and Turning Signals
(California Vehicle Code §22100 - 22113)

Colorado

Limitations on turning around
(CRS §42-4-902)

Connecticut

Turns restricted...U-turns
(GSC §14-242)

Delaware

Limitations on turning around
(DE Code Title 21 §4153)

District of Columbia

Browse the D.C. Vehicle Code (scroll to Title 50)

Florida Limitations on turning around
(FS §316.1515)
Georgia

U-turns
(Georgia Code §40-6-121)

Hawaii

Turning so as to proceed in the opposite direction
(HRS §291C-82)

Idaho

Limitations on turning around
(ID Statutes §49-645)

Illinois

Turning and Starting and Signals on Stopping and Turning
(625 ILCS 5/11-801 to 5/11-806)

Indiana Vehicle Operation
(Indiana Code §9-21-8)
Iowa Turning at intersections
(IA Code §321.311)
Kansas Limitations on "U" turns
(KS Statutes §8-1546)
Kentucky

Turning around on curve or grade
[PDF] (KRS §189.400)

Louisiana

Turning movements and required signals
(LRS §32:104)

Maine U-turns
(MRS Title 29-A §2072)
Maryland

Vehicle turning left or making u-turn
(MD Transp. Code §21-402)

Massachusetts

Traffic control signs and devices
(89 MGL §9)

Michigan

Turning at intersection; violation as civil infraction
(MI Vehicle Code §257.647)

Minnesota

Turning, starting, and signaling
(MN Statute §169.19)

Mississippi Turning at intersections
(MS Code §63-3-703)
Missouri Turns at Intersection
(MRS §304.341)
Montana Limitation on U-turns
(MCA §61-8-334)
Nebraska

Turning to proceed in opposite direction
(R.R.S. Nebr. §60-6, 160)

Nevada Allowed and prohibited u-turns
(NRS §484B.403)
New Hampshire Turning and starting
(NH Statutes §265:45)
New Jersey

Turning on curve, grade, or ... [where] marked with "no U turn" sign
(NJ Statutes §39:4-125)

New Mexico

Turning movements and required signals
(NMS §66-7-325)

New York

U-turns in certain areas prohibited
(NY Vehicle & Traffic Code §1161)

North Carolina Turning at intersections
(NCGS §20-153)
North Dakota

Limitations on turning around
(ND Code Chapter 39-10 scroll to §39-10-36)

Ohio

Rules for Turns at Intersections
(ORC §4511.36)

Oklahoma

Turning movements and required signals
(OK Statutes Title 47 scroll to §47-11-604)

Oregon

Rules of the Road: Illegal U-turn; penalty
(OR Vehicle Code scroll to §811.365)

Pennsylvania

Rules of the Road: Turning, Starting, and Signals
(PA Vehicle Code Ch. 33; scroll to Subchapter C)

Rhode Island Places where U-turns prohibited
(RI Code §31-16-4)
South Carolina

Limitations on turning around
(SC Code scroll to §56-5-2140)

South Dakota

U-turn prohibited in passing zone or where unsafe
(SD Codified Laws §32-26-25)

Tennessee Turning movements
(TN Code §55-8-142)
Texas

Operation and Movement of Vehicles
(TX Transp. Code Ch. 545)

Utah

Turning around -- Where prohibited -- Visibility
(UT Code §41-6a-802)

Vermont Turning prohibited
(23 VSA §1062)
Virginia

Limitation on U-turns
(VA Code §46.2-845)

Washington "U" turns
(RCW §46.61.295)
West Virginia

Turning movements and required signals
(WV Code §17C-8-8)

Wisconsin

Where turns prohibited, exception
(WI Code Chapter 346 scroll to §346.33)

Wyoming

Limitations on turning around
(WY Statutes Title 31, Ch. 5 scroll to §31-5-215)

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