Georgia Left-Turn Law Unconstitutional

A Georgia law prohibiting left turns into the far lane of a multi-lane road has been ruled unconstitutional by the Georgia Supreme Court due to poor wording, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The state legislature, in writing the law, was so vague that a person of common intelligence cannot distinguish between the statute’s two diametrically opposite interpretations, Justice Carol Hunstein wrote.

The case before the court comes from the 2007 arrest of Todd Christopher McNair of Whitfield County, Ga. McNair was charged with DUI, obstruction of a police officer and making an improper left-hand turn. McNair was acquitted of the DUI and obstruction charges, and fined $500 for the improper turn. His criminal defense attorney appealed that conviction based on the impenetrable language of the left-turn law.

The unconstitutional traffic law says, in part:

Whenever practicable, the left turn shall be made to the left of the center of the intersection and so as to leave the intersection or other location in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the same direction as such vehicle on the roadway being entered.

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