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If two lanes turn right, can you turn right on a red light from the lefthand of the two right turn lanes?
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If two lanes turn right, can you turn right on a red light from the lefthand of the two right turn lanes?

this would be in states where turning right on a red light after stopping is legal.


yep, do it all the time!! just be careful cause the dumbies in the right-hand lane often think they own the road and wander right into your lane 1/2 way thru the turn!!!

no, just better to be safe than sorry

Seems like if both lanes are able to make a right turn, a right on red would not be allowed. If there are no signs saying not to do it, then turn.

Dan S
No, you would interfere with the person in the right lane who may be trying to turn right as well.

The laws may vary from state to state but in Nevada: http://www.dmvnv.com/dltrafficlaws.htm
"Right on Red
You are allowed to turn right on a red light after coming to a full stop, unless otherwise posted. You must be in the extreme right-hand lane and yield to pedestrians and all traffic moving through the intersection."

In California: http://www.dot.state.wi.us/safety/motorist/behaviors/aggressive/red-lights.htm
"Important: No turn may be made on a red signal if it means crossing lanes of moving traffic or if a sign at the intersection prohibits a turn. On making a turn on a red signal, you must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and bicyclists and other traffic lawfully using the intersection."

If that is the law in Nevada and California then I would expect it to be the same nation wide.

Wickipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_turn_on_red
"All 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico have allowed right turns on red since January 1, 1980, unless a sign otherwise prohibits this. In the 1970s, some states instituted the practice to save fuel (see 1973 oil crisis and 1979 energy crisis). From 1982-1992, approximately 84 fatal crashes per year occurred in the U.S. where a vehicle was turning right at intersections where ROTR was permitted. "


As far as I know, in my state, making a right hand turn on a red light is legal only from the rightmost lane and only when there is not a red arrow for that lane, a red light that is specifically for that lane and/or a sign designating no right hand turns on red (or red arrow.)


some lights you can, and some you cant, there should be a sign that says "left lane no right turn on red", if this sign is not there then it should be ok, that is how it is here in GA

Final Frontier
Not unless a sign is posted say you can.


If you wish to have an accident, yes.

Ann Chovie
If there's a sign that says no turn on red then you can't. other than that, you can go.

I don't think so

Turning right on a red light is allowed in Canada as well, but I don't think you'd be able to do that from an inside lane.

Normally there's a separate exit ramp strictly for right turns only.



Brian S
Absolutely not. More than likely there will be a "No Right on Red" sign, this is for the saftey of any cyclist that you will probably not see until both of you meet in the middle of the other street.

NO, not in Calif. They dont put signs up here that gives you permission to pull out in front of cross-traffic Only the far right hand lane has the right to make that turn after making that stop, but I watch the people in the left do it all the time. The left side Right turn lane would have to wait for the green light, because you will be going across a lane going in a different direction instead of working your way in on the slow lane. Unless there is a sign stating no right on red then that would also include the far right turn lane , otherwise not. I'm sure every state is that way, Call your DMV I bet they will agree

The CVC (California Vehicle Code) and DMV Driver's Handbook are so vague on the matter that it really becomes up to the officer's/judge's whim (unfortunately for us). There are only a subset of scenarios covered by either guide, and there are so many edge cases not covered. And if you look at discussion threads or forums that ask similar questions, you'll find that non-authoritative answers (i.e. opinions) go both ways. Everyone thinks they know, but the truth is they can't because the rules just aren't specific enough and don't catch all of the possible scenarios.

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