Post Number: 27
|Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 07:52 am: |
Last evening I was run off the road on 423 Northbound where the 2-lanes merge to one. As everyone was merging a car in the next lane and a car behind decided to not let anyone merge. He swerved toward the right lane (where I was) multiple times, accelerating and stopping rapidly. About the 3rd time he swerved hard into the right lane forcing me to avoid his car by exiting to road to the right shoulder. I and all the cars in the area stopped and gave him right of way - apparently none of us wanted to be involved in an accident. I did take a picture of his car and license plate for reference if something did or does happen due to his driving habits. He was driving a silver sedan style car with Kansas License plates. The time was about 6:30 pm
Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
Post Number: 139
|Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 02:54 pm: |
If you would like to report the erratic driving or “road rage” event, contact dispatch at 972-292-6010 and an officer will make a report.
Not to discount the events as you explained, but to clarify the law, especially regarding “merge” lanes or where traffic goes from two lanes to one. Texas Transportation Code 545.060(a)(2) states; An operator on a roadway divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic may not move from that lane unless that movement can be made safely. Texas Transportation Code 545.104 (signaling turns, use of turn signals) says; An operator shall use the signal authorized by Section 545.106 (Signals by Hand, and Arm or by Signal Lamp) to indicate an intention to turn, CHANGE LANES, or start from a parked position.
Meaning, merge lanes are not an absolute and any merges or lane changes from one lane to another must be made safely (car not in the lane next to you, crash avoidance, etc.) and a signal must be used.
Sergeant Jeff Haynes #3113
Frisco Police Department
Frisco, TX, 75034