Shawnee City Commissioners amended and immediately implemented some stricter driving rules Monday — meaning area residents need to be up-to-date on certain motor vehicle procedures.

Shawnee City Commissioners amended and immediately implemented some stricter driving rules Monday — meaning area residents need to be up-to-date on certain motor vehicle procedures.

The board added language regarding proper turning procedures for drivers on city roadways, as well as turn signal usage. The changes became effective immediately.

In City Attorney Joe Vorndran's absence, Michael Clover, also with Stuart & Clover, said basically the amended ordinance deals with motor vehicles as they come to an intersection.

“The lanes that you normally think you would be able to turn into, instead, if you come into an intersection and you're in the outside lane, you have a specific lane you turn into; you can't just cross over and turn in to any lane you want to,” he said.

Clover said the presented issue came from the Shawnee Police Department staff.

“They wanted to obtain an ordinance that was a little bit stricter than the one we currently have on the books,” he said.

The proposed ordinance was composed from Oklahoma City's ordinance, which Clover said is little more strict than the state requires.

The language being added into the City Code reads like such:

SECTION I: Chapter 19 [“Motor Vehicles and Traffic”] is amended by adding Section 19-12, which shall include, and place into effect, the following language:

Section 19-12. – Position and Method of Turning.

The driver of a vehicle intending to turn at an intersection shall do so as follows:

1. Right turns. Both the approach for a right turn and the execution of a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. The streetcar approach for a right turn and the execution of a right turn may enter the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

2. Left turns from two-way street. The approach for a left turn shall be made in that portion of the right half of the street nearest the center thereof, and after entering the intersection the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection to the right of the center of the roadway being entered. The streetcar approach for a left turn shall be made in that portion of the right half of the street nearest the curb line, or nearest the centerline, and after entering the intersection the left shall be made as to leave the intersection to the center the centerline of the roadway being entered.

3. Left turns, two-way and one-way streets. The approach for a left turn from a two-way street into a one-way street shall be made in that portion of the right half of the street nearest to the center thereof and by passing to the right of such center where it enters the intersection. A left turn from a one-way street into a two-way street shall be made by passing to the right of the center of the street being entered upon leaving the intersection. The streetcar approach for a left turn from a two-way street into a one-way street shall be made in that portion of the right half of the street nearest the curb line, and after entering the intersection the left shall be made as to leave the intersection to the right of the center of the roadway being entered.

4. Left turns where both roadways are one-way. If both streets or roadways are one-way, both the approach for a left turn and the execution of a left turn shall be made as close as practicable to the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

State Law Reference: 47 O.S. § 11-601.

Section 19-13. – Turning Movements and Required Signals.

A. No person shall turn a vehicle at an intersection unless the vehicle is in proper position upon the roadway as required in Section 19-12, or turn a vehicle to enter a private road or driveway, or otherwise turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety. No person shall so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided.

B. A signal of intention to turn right or left, slow or stop when required, shall be given continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning or stopping.