When your car approaches an intersection in NJ, you are required by law to yield the right of way to a vehicle that already entered it.
If you and another vehicle simultaneously enter the intersection, the driver on the left must yield to the one on the right.
Similarly, if you want to make a left turn at an intersection, you are required to first yield the right of way to a vehicle that is approaching the intersection form the opposite direction when that vehicle is close enough to you that it would be considered an immediate hazard.
When you are making the left turn, other vehicles from the opposite direction are obligated to yield to you.
Right of Way Ticket Basics
Many of us simply get up to an intersection, look both ways, and immediately make a left or right turn.
However, according to the strict letter of the law, we are supposed to yield the right of way to opposing traffic before we make our turn.
To do this, stop at the intersection, look for oncoming traffic in opposing lanes, and then let them go first. After you let them go, you can proceed to make your turn.
Doing anything other than that could be grounds for a failure to yield the right of way ticket.
Penalties for Failure to Yield the Right of Way
If you are convicted of failing to yield the right of way in NJ, 2 points will go on your driving record.
Additionally, you will be fined $85 and could even be imprisoned for up to 15 days (although jail time is rarely imposed).
If you were traveling in a safe corridor, construction zone, or 65 mph zone, your fine will shoot up to $140.
Not only that, but the traffic court judge can opt to suspend your license if he believes that you willfully violated NJ traffic law.
Lastly, your car insurance will increase tremendously. Sometimes this alone can end up costing you well over $1,000 in out of pocket expenses.
Who Should You Contact?
If you recently received a right of way ticket in New Jersey for failing to yield (NJSA 39:4-90), contact Michael Botton of The Botton Law Firm today at 732-894-3686. His team of NJ traffic ticket attorneys have years of experience fighting traffic tickets, negotiating with prosecutors, and reducing traffic violations.