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VTL 1160 & 1163A Turn Tickets

What is a VTL 1160 & a 1163A Turn Ticket in NYC?


Making a turn in a vehicle is in large part regulated by sections 1160 and 1163 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL).

The VTL is the statutory scheme passed by the New York Legislature and approved by the Governor of New York State, whereby motor vehicles are regulated, among other things, according to the rules of the road.

The State has passed laws that govern the rules drivers must use when accessing the roads in the State of New York.

It is quite common for a motorist who makes a turn from the wrong lane to receive an 1160A or B summons.  Generally, if you make a right turn, unless there is a pavement marking or sign indicating otherwise, you must keep your vehicle in the right most lane when making the turn and turn into the right most lane on the roadway into which you are turning.  The same applies for a left turn: you must keep to the left most lane on the roadway from which you are turning and into which you are turning.

1163 of the VTL governs signaling when making a turn on the roadways of NYS. You must signal at least 100 feet prior to a turn.

Both an 1160 and an 1163 violation carry two points. You can be fined and your insurance rates can go up if convicted or if you plead guilty to either violation.

A motorist who receives either an 1160 or 1163 summons should contact Michael Spevack Law Offices because our traffic attorney’s have specific knowledge of the rules of the road and the process under which a motorist may be prosecuted.


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