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Q: Why is it legal to turn your blinker on when entering a roundabout (because you can enter only from the right), but it’s not posted to turn your blinker on when exiting the roundabout? I see so many drivers that will not indicate when leaving the roundabout and I am sure they are required to. If not, they should be.
A: All lane changes and turns in Minnesota need to be signaled. For roundabouts, it would depend on the design of the particular roundabout as well as the direction the driver is going. Example: If the driver is going straight ahead, then not signaling upon entering is probably OK, because there is no lane change or actual turn. Example: If the driver is going to turn right immediately upon entering, then they should be signaling and staying to the right for that right turn. You are correct that if they are leaving the roundabout, they should be signaling that turn. As far as posting a turn signal, that is a very rare sign/posting, and I have only ever seen one or two. I have seen signs reminding drivers to turn off their signal after a turn, too.
Sgt. Curt S. Mowers is a regional public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.