WV Court Turn Signal Ruling Clears Man Of DUI

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- The West Virginia Supreme Court says motorists don't have to use turn signals if other traffic isn't affected by the driver's action.

Monday's unanimous ruling upheld a November 2007 Hampshire County Circuit Court decision that rejected the Division of Motor Vehicle's suspension of Chad Clower's driver's license for six months for driving while under the influence.

Clower was charged after a state trooper pulled him over in June 2006 for not using his signal to make a right turn.

The trooper was about a block behind when Clower turned.

During a hearing, the trooper said he only stopped Clower because he hadn't used his turn signal.

The high court ruled that turn signals are only necessary when other vehicles might be affected.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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