MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Reading signs is important, especially when it comes to driving and understanding the rules of the road. In Mesa, reading signs seems to have become a lost art.

[SEE: Drivers in Mesa ignore 'No Left Turn' sign]

Stanley Roberts received a tip about illegal left turns and went out to Mesa to investigate, only to find out that outside the Superstition Ranch Market at Main and 48th streets there are two no left turn signs just a few dozen feet from the intersection. They are signs that are completely ignored by dozens upon dozens of drivers.

It is so bad that Roberts actually stood under one of the signs and while drivers saw him, they still claimed they didn't see the huge no left turn signs. The fine in Mesa is around $287 and that means points on your driving record.

28-644. Obedience to and required traffic control devices

A. Unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer and subject to the exemptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter, the driver of a vehicle shall:

1. Obey the instructions of an official traffic control device applicable to the driver that is placed in accordance with this chapter.

2. Not drive over or across or park in any part of a gore area. This paragraph does not apply to the driver of a vehicle that is disabled while on the paved or main traveled portion of a highway in a manner and to an extent that it is impossible to avoid stopping and temporarily leaving the disabled vehicle in that position. For the purposes of this paragraph, "gore area" means the area that is between a through roadway and an entrance ramp or exit ramp and that is defined by two wide solid white lines that guide traffic entering or exiting a roadway. Gore area does not include a safety zone.

B. Any provision of this chapter that requires signs shall not be enforced against an alleged violator if at the time and place of the alleged violation an official sign is not in proper position and sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. If a particular section of law does not state that signs are required, that section is effective even though no signs are erected or in place.  

Caught Misbehaving with Stanley Roberts exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences. His reports air regularly on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.

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Stanley exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences.

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(5) comments


A have shopped at Superstition Ranch a long time. A few years ago a utility company was doing digging and Mesa police had a officer assigned to the spot. Cars are turning left in front of him and nothing was done. Never! In the winter time with the visitors it’s crazy. But I believe Mesa police leave the out-of-Towners alone, a double standard.


Boy did you hit the nail on the head. Can hardly wait till next week when they start heading home. Of course they will be skrewing up the highways for the next three weeks it takes them to drive 1000 miles.


Stanley is not exactly accurate in his reporting. The no left turn is on the exit from the store, NOT on the main street. Secondly how about reporting on the license plates of those making illegal left turns. There is no problem at that intersection during the summer.


Stanley needs to be careful when he approaches offending drivers like he did on the 10 pm news last night. (I had never seen his spot before). There are enough crazies out there that may not appreciate his instructive point of view. Then we'll be reading about him on the page.


In Stanley's report he films his reflection as he walks into the roadway to get an errant driver on camera. Is walking into the roadway while looking into your viewfinder misbehaving. People who live in glass houses....

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