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An important part of driving safely is knowing when and how to perform a U-turn maneuver. Making a U-turn with no warning or on a roadway that limits another driver’s field of vision is a moving traffic violation and could result in injury to you or somebody else. These potentially dangerous turns are regulated by both state and municipal ordinances.
A violation for making a prohibited U-turn could have serious consequences on your life and driving record. To avoid this lasting impact, you made need the help of an experienced Columbus traffic defense lawyer.
How and if U-turns may be performed depends on where you are in Ohio. According to the Ohio traffic code statute 4511.37 U-turns are prohibited on curves, or hills if the vehicle “cannot be seen within 500 feet by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction.” This means that according to state law, U-turns are legal in many circumstances.
This has proven confusing for many Ohio drivers because while Ohio state law allows U-turns under many circumstances, many cities in Ohio have local ordinances banning the practice entirely. For example, municipal ordinance 2131.12 prohibits all U-turns in the city of Columbus. This means if you’re in Columbus, even if you are following Ohio state law for making an appropriate U-turn, you may still be ticketed by local police for violating the local ordinance.
Most violations for a prohibited U-turn are minor misdemeanors that are punishable by up to $150 in fines. However, if you plead or are found guilty of a violation for a prohibited U-turn and have previously been convicted of another traffic offense within the last year, you may be found guilty of a fourth degree misdemeanor which is punishable by up to $250 in fines and 30 days in jail. If you have two or more previous traffic violations in the last year you may be found guilty of a 3rd degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to $500 in fines and 60 days in jail.
A violation for a prohibited U-turn can have many other potential consequences, especially if you already have other violations on your driving record. Possible consequences include:
A Columbus traffic defense lawyer will help you fight your ticket by exploring a number of possible defenses on your behalf. Possible defenses include:
Call today for a free consultation with one of our Columbus traffic attorneys. We can help you avoid the long term consequences of having a violation on your driving record. We’re here 24 hours a day to answer your questions, and help you build a defense against your traffic ticket. You can reach us by phone at or email at email@example.com.