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Michigan State Police: Center turn lanes are not for merging

A center turn lane, which is not for merging (WLUC image)
A center turn lane, which is not for merging (WLUC image)(WLUC)
Published: May. 4, 2020 at 2:23 PM EDT
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The Michigan State Police wants to remind drivers that the center turn lane is not a lane of travel.

It is against the law to pull out and enter the center lane and then use it to merge into the flow of traffic.

Instead, a right turn should be made as close as possible to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. A left-hand turn should cross into the right lane that is closest to the center.

"We know sometimes that with congestion of traffic, people want to get into those, but again it is very dangerous, and it's illegal. It's a civil infraction with a fine up to $120 and potentially 2 points to your driving record,” said Geno Basanese, the community service trooper for the Iron Mountain MSP Post.

Any driver who is seen using the center lane to merge into traffic will receive a citation, police say.

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