In the state of New York, to yield means to give the right of way to another person. That person may be another driver or it may be a pedestrian or cyclist. An upside-down, white triangle with a red border indicates the necessity to yield.
State law dictates that a driver must yield the right of way in the following situations:
- When approaching an intersection in which traffic is already lawfully present.
For example, a driver is approaching an intersection and has a green light. There is already a car in the intersection legally turning left. The oncoming driver must yield the right of way.
- A driver approaching an intersection at approximately the same time as another driver. The first driver is turning left. That driver must yield the right of way to the opposite driver traveling straight through the intersection.
- When turning left into a driveway or parking lot.
- When entering a roadway from an alley, private road or driveway.
- To pedestrians in legally marked or unmarked crosswalks.
- When entering a traffic circle, yield to drivers already in the circle.
- Before entering an intersection when doing so would cause a backup.
These are just some examples of when a driver must yield. Failure to yield carries different penalties depending on the nature of the situation in which the ticket was issued. Any driver who is issued a ticket for failure to yield the right of way should consult an attorney if they choose to fight that ticket in court.