Is Making a U-Turn In Someone’s Boise Driveway Illegal or Just Rude? [PICS]
U-Turns & Boise: a gray area
Knowing when and where we can make U-Turns around Boise isn't always black and white. Things like center lanes, the ins and outs of double yellow lines, and eye-balling distances of 200 feet leaves room for interpretation. For a lot of Boise drivers, our interpretation doesn't always sync up with Idaho's road rules.
It wasn't until we moved into a home off a cul-de-sac that my family and I realized how often people use private driveways to pop a U'ie in residential areas.
You would think the cul-de-sac would be all the space needed to pull off the simple driving maneuver, but no. Time after time, we catch folks making ridiculously wide U-turns and even three-point turns into our driveway. Rude, right? Um, we sure think so!
U-Turns in Private Driveways: legal or illegal?
But beyond rude, is it illegal in Idaho to make a U-turn in a private driveway?
After months of dealing with it, we finally looked it up. While there's no piece of legislation that directly addresses the act of U-turning into a private driveway, we think we found a law that deems it illegal on a few technicalities.
Chapter 6 Rules of the Road: Idaho Statute 49-660
According to section A of statute 49-660: Stopping, Standing, or Parking Prohibited in Specified Places:
Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic [...] no person shall: (a) Stop, stand or park a vehicle: 1. On the traffic side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a highway; 2. On a sidewalk,' and section B clarifies it's also illegal to 'Stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers: 1. In front of a public or private driveway.
We're not attorneys, but we're pretty sure sections A and B of 49-660 make it illegal for someone to make a U-turn in our driveway.
Let's be honest, strangers aren't making U-turns in our driveway to drop anyone off. They are, however, hopping a curb, crossing the sidewalk, and pausing momentarily in our private driveway to execute what we've now coined the "rUde-turn."
Still wondering where it's legal/illegal to pop a U'ie in Idaho? Check out the gallery below that's bursting with pics & examples locals will totally get!