The situation is a two-way stop on opposite sides of a normal road.

The driver on the south side arrives with the intent to turn left, but must wait for traffic to pass. While this first driver is waiting, another driver arrives at the north end of the intersection with the intent to go straight through. At this point, both drivers are waiting for traffic to pass. Once traffic passes, which driver has the right-of-way?

This lovely MSPaint diagram should help clarify the scenario.


  • In what jurisdiction? – phoog Jun 28 '19 at 16:06
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it does not appear to be about traveling within the scope defined in the help center. – choster Jun 28 '19 at 16:31
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    Hi Dylan, and welcome to TSE. I don't know if the SE model is a good fit for legal questions, as this is phrased. From a strictly legal angle, no one can assert a right of way—the law only tells you when you must yield it. The NYS Driver's Manual gives the basic rule is that traffic approaching an intersection yields to traffic already in the intersection, and left-turning traffic yields to traffic going straight or turning right from the oncoming direction. – choster Jun 28 '19 at 17:35
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    FWIW, I would expect the left-turning car in your scenario to yield to the oncoming car if they start off at the same time. If this were a four-way stop, or if the left-turning car is quicker off the mark and can complete the turn before the oncoming car enters the intersection, it would be fine, but racing to do that probably increases the risk of an accident or road rage. – choster Jun 28 '19 at 17:37
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    @Dylan Being about driving laws, I'd suggest you ask on Law.SE, which i think it's a better fit! – gmauch Jun 28 '19 at 18:18

Generally, unless a jurisdiction overrides this, the person going straight has the right-of-way (or to be more precise, the person turning left must yield it).

"Sequence of arrival" doesn’t have much persistency, and the passing car breaks it.

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