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I was at the red light in an intersection, the street to my right was a residential undivided street. This car made a curve to that street and turn right out. It wasn't even a U turn. The path the car took is in the diagram.
diagram I think it is at best a very jerk movement with no driving manner. Right turn at red light is allowed, but his intention was clearly to get pass the red light.

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The route described is probably in violation of Section 22100 of the vehicle code:

Except as provided in Section 22100.5 or 22101, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn upon a highway shall do so as follows: (a) Right Turns. Both the approach for a right-hand turn and a right-hand turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb

The approach for the second turn is being made from the middle of the road. Neither of the exceptions apply, as 22100.5 is about U-turns at traffic lights, while 22101 is about turns controlled by markings or signs.

Additionally, since you describe the route as a "curve to the street and turn right out", it's probably in violation of Section 22105:

No person shall make a U-turn upon any highway where the driver of such vehicle does not have an unobstructed view for 200 feet in both directions along the highway and of any traffic thereon.

Since the driver didn't make a complete right turn, it's likely that the forward view of oncoming traffic was partially blocked by the car's A-pillar or even the passenger seat, while the backward view of traffic was limited because none of the car's mirrors was pointed in the correct direction.

It's certainly in violation of Section 22108:

Any signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.

The side road's not a hundred feet wide. There's no way the driver could have given the required signal for the second right turn.

There's a decent chance this is also in violation of Section 22102 of the vehicle code:

No person in a business district shall make a U-turn, except at an intersection, or on a divided highway where an opening has been provided in accordance with Section 21651.

The six lanes of the main highway make it likely that this intersection is in a business district. "Business district" is rather broad, including not only roads lined by businesses, but roads lined by apartment complexes and other multi-family housing developments.

And finally, the catch-all offense of "reckless driving" (Section 23103) could probably be applied:

A person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.

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    +1 for citing laws. – arp Oct 29 at 5:32
  • Good answer in general but Since the driver didn't make a complete right turn, it's likely that the forward view of oncoming traffic was partially blocked by the car's A-pillar or even the passenger seat, while the backward view of traffic was limited because none of the car's mirrors was pointed in the correct direction. seems like a stretch. Parts of your car are always blocking parts of the road. This is easily solved by moving your head a few inches or turning it to the side. – Matt Oct 30 at 20:16
  • @Matt, your car is designed to minimize that blockage under normal conditions: when fully in a lane, any traffic that would interfere with a legal U-turn is visible either through the windshield or in the driver's-side rear-view mirror. – Mark Oct 30 at 21:16
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No, of course you can not veer into another street to make a turn. You stay within your lane or lanes, if you want to phrase it that way. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/hdbk/turns

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