Driving Left of Centre to Park.

A sign indicating that J-turns aren't allowed. In Alberta, J-turns are always illegal. Signs indicating J-turns are illegal are not required.

A sign indicating that J-turns aren't allowed. In Alberta, J-turns are always illegal. Signs indicating J-turns are illegal are not required.

Drivers in Cardston benefit from wider than average roadways in many parts of town, a compliment to which are the plethora of angled parking spaces in the business centre such as on Main Street and adjacent avenues. 

It is not uncommon to see drivers take advantage of the wide road space in Cardston by performing "J-turns" to pull into an angled parking space on the opposite side of the road from the direction they were traveling. As common as the maneuver may be in Cardston, and despite it's acclaimed convenience, it is an unsafe, and illegal maneuver under the Traffic Safety Act. 

Under the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation of the Traffic Safety Act, a "J-turn" would be considered driving left of the centre of a roadway, which is illegal except under the exceptions specified in section 12:

Driving on right side of roadway
12(1)  A person driving a vehicle shall not drive the vehicle so that the vehicle or any portion of the vehicle is to the left of the centre line of a highway except
                    (a)    when overtaking and passing another vehicle travelling in the same direction; 
                    (b)    when the roadway to the right of the centre line is obstructed by a parked vehicle or other object;
                    (c)    when the roadway to the right of the centre line is closed to traffic;
                    (d)    when turning left from the highway onto another highway or into a private road or driveway;
                    (e)    when a traffic control device otherwise requires or permits;
                    (f)    when the vehicle is being operated on a one-way highway.
(2)  If a highway is divided into 2 or more roadways by a boulevard, ditch or other physical barrier, a person driving a vehicle shall not drive the vehicle
                    (a)    into, across or on the boulevard, ditch or physical barrier, or
                    (b)    on that portion of the highway that is to the left of the yellow line except in an emergency situation where the vehicle is disabled and it is not practicable to move the vehicle to the far right side of the highway. 

The angled parking stalls in town are all part of the roadway, they are not considered private driveways and turning into one is not considered leaving the roadway. Crossing to the left of the centre of the road to turn into a parking space (performing a "J-turn") is an offence, and drivers who commit this offence could be fined $233.00, and receive 3 demerit points in accordance with provincial statutes.

When parking on Main Street, or any other street or avenue with on-street parking, you must pull into a stall on the right side of the roadway. Drivers wishing to pull into a parking stall in front of a specific establishment should plan their routes so they can approach it on the right side of their vehicle. Otherwise, they are required to park on the right side of the road, and cross the road on foot at a crosswalk.