Right on Red Comes With Rules

By Robert Thomson
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I wonder whether the term "right turn on red" has taken on the problems of our society. We think of a short phrase and forget all the caveats that go with it. The rules concerning right turn on red require that a driver:

· Come to a stop.

· Wait for oncoming traffic.

· Not have any pedestrians present.

· Not have a sign forbidding a right turn on red.

At intersections where the problem with pedestrians is prevalent, the Virginia Department of Transportation has placed signs that say, "No turn on red when pedestrians are present." That is the rule at all intersections.

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