Test your traffic Law I.Q. — 2019

An annual winter feature of the weekly “Did You Know” articles is a 20-question quiz on vehicle and traffic law and traffic control devices. The first 10 questions are true/false and questions 11-20 are multiple choice. The answers will be found in next week’s article and will include references for the answers. Try the quiz and see how much you know (or don’t know) about VTL and TCDs.

True or false

1. A driver facing a steady red right turn arrow may proceed with the right turn after having first stopped and determined it is safe to complete the turn.

2. Main St. in downtown Malone is the 3rd busiest street or road in all of Lewis, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Franklin, and Clinton counties.

3. Amber rear turn signals are safer than red ones.

4. If your vehicle has daytime running lights, you are not required to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.

5. Under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, if you are caught speeding in excess of 50 km/h (30 mph) above the posted speed limit police can impound your vehicle and license on the spot.

6. A battery-powered wheelchair used by a person with a disability is considered an assist to a pedestrian and therefore, if there are no sidewalks available, must be ridden against traffic.

7. As long as you are licensed to drive the vehicle, you may legally park in front of a fire hydrant provided you remain seated in the front seat and can immediately move such vehicle in case of emergency.

8. When riding in the front seat of a taxi, fastening the seatbelt is not required.

9. At an intersection controlled by a stop sign, if there is no stop bar and no painted crosswalk, you must stop at the stop sign.

10. You approach an intersection controlled by a non-working traffic light (i.e. power outage). All drivers must treat the intersection as an “ALL-WAY” STOP.

Multiple choice questions

11. A conviction for using a handheld electronic device while driving carries: a) 0, b) 2, c) 3, d) 5 driver violation points.

12. If facing a blinking yellow left turn arrow, it means: a) don’t turn — the yellow arrow is about to turn red, b) you may turn left only if it is safe to do so, c) you must wait for a green light to make a left turn, d) trucks only may turn left

13. At a signalized intersection, you are facing a green light and want to turn left, but there is a string of oncoming traffic. You should: a) stop at the stop bar and wait, b) go straight so as not to hold up traffic behind you, c) turn right and then make a U-turn, d) proceed into the intersection and wait for a break in oncoming traffic or the light to change, then complete your left turn.

14. Parking is prohibited: a) within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, b) within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, c) on a crosswalk, d) on a sidewalk, e) where prohibited by an official sign, f) all of these.

15. If a snowplow hits and damages your rural mailbox, the municipality that owns the snowplow must repair the mailbox within a) 48 hours, b) one week, c) by the following April 1st, d) is under no obligation to repair it.

16. When parallel parking a vehicle on a village street with curbs, you must park within: a) 6 inches from the curb, b) 12 inches from the curb, c) 18 inches from the curb.

17. You are driving in Quebec and face a flashing green light. The meaning of this is: a) you may only proceed straight or turn right through the intersection, b) you may safely make a left turn in front of oncoming traffic, c) no left turn is allowed.

18. Unless other times are specified on a SCHOOL SPEED ZONE sign, the school speed limit is in effect: a) at all times, b) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school days, c) only when students are present.

19. All drivers must, by law, obey regulatory signs. Which of the following signs is NOT a regulatory sign: a) speed limit, b) no parking, c) round yellow railroad crossing in advance of a RR crossing, d) the white cross-buck railroad crossing sign at the near edge of the tracks?

20.On county and town roads within towns having a population of less than 50,000, the authority by law to set speed limits rests with: a) the town, b) the largest city within the town, c) state Department of Transportation.

How do you think you did? The answers to these 20 questions along with references will be in next week’s article on V&T Law and traffic safety. Drive safely!


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