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 U-Turn laws in Missouri?
GoGop  [Team Member]
1/3/2009 10:46:56 PM
I always hear different opinions on how/when/where you can make a U-Turn, but I haven't been able to find the actual truth. Any LEOs etc. on here who know?

tia
ds762  [Team Member]
1/3/2009 11:38:13 PM
Originally Posted By GoGop:
I always hear different opinions on how/when/where you can make a U-Turn, but I haven't been able to find the actual truth. Any LEOs etc. on here who know?

tia


I am not an LEO .. but my dad was. My philosophy is unless there is a sign prohibiting it .. then F*&^ it!
GoGop  [Team Member]
1/4/2009 12:31:38 AM
That's normally my approach too, but sometimes I wish I knew what was legal. It's similar to when you see a police car approaching from the other direction and think "I wonder what the speed limit is here."
swat1  [Member]
1/4/2009 1:05:29 AM
If its not posted, and you dont cross a yellow line, then its okay. Thats for Kansas City MO.
GoGop  [Team Member]
1/4/2009 1:12:57 AM
Are there roads big enough to make the turn that don't have a yellow line?
pit-sitter  [Team Member]
1/4/2009 10:00:02 AM
I pull off on the right shoulder, make sure there is nobody coming from either direction.
I can nearly always complete my Uee w/out backing up.
That is in my Silverado extended cab longbed.
My explorer or my malibu are even easier.
eric10mm  [Moderator]
1/4/2009 10:15:30 AM
I routinely flip a bitch on a two-lane road and never touch either shoulder.

IIRC, it's like the "right turn on red" deal in that it's okay everywhere except where posted.
GoGop  [Team Member]
1/4/2009 12:00:32 PM
There's a spot that'd be real handy for me to pul a Uee, but it's at the bottom of an exit ramp and I'd be turning across double-yeller lines. I've never seen anyone else do it, so I'm guessing I'm not supposed to.
cbr954  [Member]
1/4/2009 4:18:55 PM
If you are wanting to u-turn around a curb or island, if the curb is painted yellow or there is a yellow line, that is a no no. Sign or not.

At least thats what I remember...
com-guy  [Team Member]
1/4/2009 5:16:04 PM
here is the law on the subject:



Turns at intersection––violation, penalty.

304.341. 1. 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 a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

(2) Left turns. –– The driver of a vehicle intending to turn left at any intersection shall approach the intersection in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to the traffic moving in the direction of travel of such vehicle and, after entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection in a lane lawfully available to traffic moving in such direction upon the roadway being entered.

(3) The highways and transportation commission or local authorities in their respective jurisdictions may cause official traffic-control devices to be placed within or adjacent to intersections and thereby require and direct that a different course from that specified in this section be traveled by vehicles turning at an intersection, and when such devices are so placed no driver of a vehicle shall turn a vehicle at any intersection other than as directed and required by such devices.

2. It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction at any intersection controlled by a traffic signal or police officer; nor shall such turn be made at any place unless the movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic. The driver of a vehicle shall not turn such vehicle around so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade, or at any place upon a roadway where such vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction along the roadway within a distance of three hundred feet, or where the same may create a traffic hazard.

3. No vehicle in a residence district shall be turned left across the roadway or so as to proceed in the opposite direction when any other vehicle is approaching from either direction where the same may create a traffic hazard.

4. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 304.361, violation of this section is a class C misdemeanor.



I take it to mean that U-turns are ok except at intersetions controlled by lights or officers as long as it is safe (not on hills, corners, etc.) and isn't posted.
GoGop  [Team Member]
1/4/2009 10:57:42 PM
Thank you. That's what I always tried to Google up and searched Mo sites for, but could never find. It kills the main place I wanted to do it, because of the 300' and the grade rules, but at least now I know.

moose201  [Team Member]
1/4/2009 11:34:28 PM
Not legal in Clayton, MO....although the Clayton cops do it all the time.
eric10mm  [Moderator]
1/5/2009 10:58:23 AM
Originally Posted By com-guy:I take it to mean that U-turns are ok except at intersetions controlled by lights or officers as long as it is safe (not on hills, corners, etc.) and isn't posted.


Except for the dumbass KCMo cop that flipped a bitch just over the top of a hill, RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME as I was coming over the hill. No lights, no siren, no turn signal. Nothing but underwear being sucked up my bunghole as I did everything possible not to t-bone that F'ing idiot!

Had another one do right in front of my motorcycle too one day.

SHIFT_OneOffS14  [Member]
1/5/2009 6:06:14 PM
In Columbia you can't do U-Turns in intersections at all (lights or no light) or where it is prohibitied by a sign. Other than that, flip away!