Mandatory Turn Signals in Arizona, a Myth
Do You Have to Use a Turn Signal in Arizona?Some people, especially police officers, believe that you must use your turn signal when turning in a vehicle in Arizona. However, this is not true.
A.R.S. ? 28-754(A), in relevant parts, provides, "A person shall not so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided by this article in the event any other traffic may be affected by the movement."
Legislative Intent.Clearly it is not the intent of A.R.S. ? 28-754(A) to make a turn signal mandatory during every turn. A.R.S. ? 28-754(A) could have been drafted to read, "A person shall not so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided by this article." It doesn't. Rather, the intent of the statute is to mandate the use of a turn signal "in the event any other traffic may be affected by the movement."
Example.If you are driving a car and there are no others cars around whose movement would be affected by your failure to use a turn signal, you simply don't have to use it. For example, if you are driving and are in a left hand turn lane with no other vehicles on the road, and you want to make a left hand turn, do you need to use your turn signal? No. Traffic will not be affected in any way.
Should You Use a Turn Signal?Is it a good idea to always use your turn signal -- YES! Why? Even if you are correct on the law, this will not prevent a police officer from pulling you over and giving you a ticket. By always using your turn signal, this will save you money in the long run because you won't have to hire an attorney to fight the ticket.
A more prudent approach is to always use your turn signal so that you are not giving the police any reason to pull you over.