Turn Signals Are The Law

January 7, 2004--Posted at 5:30 p.m.

JONESBORO, AR--Driving is a priviledge and it seems sometimes we forget that, particularly when we're in a hurry. O

ne of the things we forget most is to respect other drivers, especially when it comes to letting them know where we're going.  It's not only common courtesy, it's the law. 

"I'd say on average, about 50 to 60 percent of the drivers in Jonesboro don't use their signals," says Officer Chris Perry with the Jonesboro Police.  "In Arkansas you've got to give a turn signal when you come up to any intersection and you're gonna make a turn, about one hundred feet. You've got to give one hundred feet notice to make that turn.  It gives enough time to let people know what you're doing," says Perry.

You should always signal when you change direction, it gives other drivers time to react to your moves.  You should use your turn signals before you change lanes, turn right or left, merge into traffic, or park.  Even if you're in the turn lane at a stop light, at a dead stop, your turn signal should still be on.

"If you're driving an old car that doesn't have blinkers, you still have your arms. You should still know your arm signals and use them," says Perry.  "G et in the habit of signaling every time you change directions, even if you don't see any other cars around.  That car you don't see is often the one that hits you."