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During the month of January, Santa Monica Police officers will be cracking down on drivers who make unsafe turns as part of an effort to curb driving behaviors that are the primary causes of traffic collisions.

Each month the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit focus on different driving behaviors, such as talking on cell phones or speeding.

What constitutes a violation? Under California Vehicle Code Section 22107, “no person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.”

SMPD Lt. Jay Trisler wants to remind drivers that when you are traveling in a lane that is designed for you to only travel straight through an intersection, you cannot make a turn from that lane.

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