Wow. Got a ticket for an illegal U-Turn at a controlled intersection this weekend. I don't live in this city and was a bit lost. I needed to turn left at some point and approached an intersection with a left turn lane that turned onto a road. I got into the left lane and once I was in the intersection, noticed the road was closed. You can't tell its closed untill you are in the intersection. So now I am in tight spot. Two choices, both of which are $115 fines and cost 2 demerit points. Make an illegal and unsfae lane change in the intersection. Dicey as any opening I would have to get into a right lane would be taken by one of the many oncoming cars waiting to turn left. Other option, U-Turn. Either way its a ticket but a huge gap in oncoming traffic made a U-Turn the safest option. I did that and got pulled over. This is obviously a trap. Otherwise they would block the lane off or cover up the light, you know, close the lane that leads no where. I spoke with a guy who lives in Red Deer and he confirmed that RCMP use it to trap drivers into U-Turn or lane change tickets. Check out the pictures linked. Its pretty bad. Anyone ever fight a U-Turn ticket and win?
Flickr Photo Download: Approaching the Intersection
Flickr Photo Download: In the Intersection