It's so cool that you've got Walter the cop on here and that he’s just a normal, decent guy. And I’m not just kissing ass hoping to get out of a possession ticket someday, I think it’s great for a community to be able to have an informal back and forth with law enforcement and rebut some of those negative cop stereotypes floating around out there.
But I have a question for you Walter, and it’s one that I’ve tried to take up with MPD via the online form and got no response (I don’t think those attempts were ignored, but probably just failed to transmit properly – might be time for a site update). Anyway, my question is general but I’ll use a specific example that I deal with all the time to illustrate it.
Flat iron corners at North Hamilton, East Johnson, and Butler – if I’m driving north on Hamilton (down the hill, towards Pinkus McBride and the lake) and I want to turn right onto East Johnson I need to be in the right lane, correct? The left lane isn’t designated for right turns in any way and the flat iron corners don’t change anything, do they? I’ve always considered a right turn from the left lane there to be an illegal turn but I see numerous people do it pretty much every single time I’m at that intersection. I’ve even seen quite a few squad cars pull the exact same maneuver (sometimes without even using a turn signal). And that’s fine because I turn from right lane to right lane, like I was instructed all those years ago. But occasionally some idiot on a bike will be riding against traffic in that right lane, or someone will step out into the street, mid-block, without looking as Madisonians seem prone to do, and then it’s a serious problem because the car that should be behind me is actually right beside me and I have no where else to go. Am I completely off base here?
I’m sure you’re busy so if you miss this question I won’t take it personally, but does anyone else know what I’m talking about, and the proper, legal way that a situation like that should be navigated? I don’t see anything in the statutes to indicate that a right turn from the left lane would be legal in that situation but maybe I’m missing something.