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You're approaching a junction where the traffic lights aren't working. What should you do when a police officer gives this signal? You're approaching a junction where the traffic lights aren't working. What should you do when a police officer gives this signal?

  • Possible answers:

     
  • A. Turn left only

  • B. Turn right only

  • C. Continue ahead only

  • D. Stop at the stop line

 
 

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Police officer hand signals

At an intersection a police officer's hand signals overrule traffic lights, give way rules and any other signs.

Dipped headlights should be used at night so that you don't dazzle the officer.

Police will direct traffic in the following situations

The hand signals police officers use are internationally recognised.

beckon from front

Beckon vehicles coming from the front. If you are facing the officer you can drive past the officer.

beckon all vehicles from the right

Beckon all vehicles from the right, saying that they can pass straight through.

beckoning vehicles from the left

Beckon vehicles approaching from the left and stopping vehicles facing him.

stop all vehicles

Stopping all vehicles

stop vehicles from left turning right

Vehicles from the left that want to turn right are stopped.

stop vehicles from the left

Vehicles from the right are stopped. Vehicles from the left are allowed to turn right.

approaching from left

Vehicles coming from the right and turning right can proceed. Vehicles from the left are stopped.

vehicles from behind must stop

Vehicles approaching from behind must stop.

vehicles in front and behind must stop

Vehicles in front and behind must stop.

vehicles approaching from front must stop

Vehicles approaching from the front must stop