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5. Illegal turn or lane change

5. Illegal turn or lane change

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  • Share of all traffic stops: 6.8%
  • Drivers perceived stop to be legitimate: 75.6%
  • No enforcement action: 8.0%
  • Warning: 45.5%
  • Ticket: 45.2%
  • Search or arrest: 2.7%
  • Most likely outcome: Warning

Not surprisingly, drivers who do not follow the rules of the road are likely to be pulled over. Making an illegal turn (such as a U-turn where a sign forbidding it is posted) or illegal lane change (changing lanes without signaling) accounts for 6.8 percent of all traffic stops.

Drivers who make an illegal turn or lane change are slightly more likely to receive a warning than a citation with penalties. Only 8 percent will receive no enforcement action.

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