The California Court of Appeal has ruled that drivers do not need to use their turn signals if no other car is nearby. A three-judge panel found that La Habra Police Officer Nick Wilson was in the wrong when he pulled over Paul David Carmona, Jr. after the accused made a right-hand turn without signaling in his Chevy.
The officer charged the driver with violating vehicle code 22107, which states a signal must be used when “any other vehicle may be affected by the movement”. The prosecutor argued that the driver actually violated a separate law, section 22108, which states, “Any signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning”. However Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary found the officer was approaching from the opposite direction when the driver’s vehicle made a right-hand turn away from the officers vehicle, and as no other vehicles were present, there was no possible violation of section 22107.
It will be interesting to see how many preventable accidents begin occurring because of this ruling.
[Source: The Newspaper]