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Make a U-Turn and You May Pay the Price

Do you know where it's illegal to make a u-turn in Haverford Township?

Brookline Boulevard in Havertown
Brookline Boulevard in Havertown
A local resident was surprised recently with a ticket for making a u-turn in the commercial block of Brookline Boulevard in Havertown. It was 6 a.m. and no one was in sight (except for, apparently, a police officer). The driver was reportedly told that Haverford Township Police are stepping up their enforcement of u-turns where they are illegal, so Haverford Patch wanted to find out if this is indeed the case.

Enforcement of illegal u-turns is not new, said Sgt. Shant Bedrossian. Their ordinance has been in place since 1995. But officers are responding to complaints by citizens and business people in the Brookline commercial area that people are violating the u-turn signs that are clearly posted there, he said.

"People ignore them," Bedrossian said of the signs. And it can be costly. Including fees, the ticket will cost you more than $100.

Where it's illegal to make a u-turn, according to Haverford Township ordinance:

  • Brookline Boulevard from East Darby Road to Beverly Road
  • West Chester Pike at Lawrence Road 
  • West Chester Pike at  Urlton Road (Old West Chester Pike) 

Bedrossian noted that there are other locations on West Chester Pike where you can't make a u-turn that have been determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation because it is a state-owned road.
Bebimbop October 03, 2013 at 12:36 PM
such an inconvenience, especially when there is no traffic in sight
Berk Hath October 04, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Or when you THINK no one is in sight. Perception is everything. "I don't know, officer, that car just came out of nowhere..."
Claire L. October 04, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Bebimbop - You can simply turn into the parking lot or go around the block to avoid making a U-Turn. It's a total inconvenience, I know, to obey the law, but we should all try our best to be good citizens.
ed October 05, 2013 at 03:42 PM
yeah go around the corner and hit some kid playing in the street so the businesses aren't disturbed!
Berk Hath October 06, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Yikes! Is ignorance the new norm? I think someone is playing too much X-Box. U-Turn prohibition laws are about accident avoidance and preventing injury and death. Business has nothing to do with it. Where is the "business" at West Chester Pike and Lawrence Road? Idiot!
ed October 15, 2013 at 09:47 PM
"Their ordinance has been in place since 1995. But officers are responding to complaints by citizens and business people in the Brookline commercial area " Well at least I can read!!
ed October 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM
P.S. Berk Not sure what West Chester Pikes relation to Havertown's illegal u-turn ordinance is or why Bedrossian brought it up. U-turns are illegal on West Chester Pike because it is against state ordinance. "locations on West Chester Pike where you can't make a u-turn that have been determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation because it is a state-owned road." Looks like he was trying to direct attention away from Haverown's silly laws and he did!
Berk Hath October 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Wow, ed. Man, you're a regular, legal, Einstein. I yield to your unflagging egotism. "Right at any price." You are too self-important for this room, my friend.
ed October 18, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Get back on that x- box The height of your educational experience in life. Intelligence has nothing to do with egotism. Your comment was based on your stupidity or lack of ability to comprehend what you read.The fact that you felt the need to insult my opinion in the first place says everything about egotism. Only your opinion counts that's why you are still insulting me. You lack intelligence and have made an example of stupidity of yourself. Maybe there is an x box game with some reading involved. Please purchase it
ed October 18, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Ignorance is no new norm for you Bark. Business at West Chester Pike and Lawrence Rd include Barnaby's,Casaccio Architects, Kindred Hospital, Parks Car Wash, and various medical offices, so along with not being able to read I will assume you also cannot drive. If you could you would realize residents behind Brookline Blvd do not want cars circling the block running down their children so businesses are not disturbed by u-turns. By the way Bark, it's Mr. Einstein to you.
ed October 18, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting. Sydney J. Harris
ed October 18, 2013 at 05:48 PM
And one more misconception Berk Bark or whatever. I am not your friend.
Berk Hath October 18, 2013 at 06:35 PM
You got me, ed. I thought 'friend' just sounded better than to call you what you really are. Now go make all the U-turns you want. I bid ye adieu.
ed October 19, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Can you spell Anger Management Bark?
ed October 19, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Why what am I Bark? The person you can't force your opinion on? That seems to make you very angry.No I do not think no u- turn signs are necessary on Brookline Blvd. Go ahead hurl more insults. The usual response of those who cannot defend their opinion. Your right perception is everything-"I don't know, officer, that kid just came out of nowhere..." Now go run over all the kids you want...
ed October 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Advice for a happy life Berk. Don't start anything you can't finish.

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