A red right turn arrow “does not mean you cannot turn right on red,” said Denys Vielkanowitz, signal systems management engineer for the city of Wilmington.
Vielkanowitz cites The Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Section 4D.04, P3, C.2:
“When a traffic control device is in place permitting a turn on a steady RED ARROW signal indication, vehicular traffic facing a steady RED ARROW signal indication is permitted to enter the intersection to make the movement indicated by the arrow signal indication, after stopping.”
“The important part here is, ‘…after stopping’. Not stopping at a red signal indication (circular or arrow) can result in a citation,” Vielkanowitz said.
He said that if the right-turn-on-red is not allowed, a sign is required indicating the restriction.
“This restriction is used in cases where there is inadequate sight distance to safely make the movement, heavy pedestrian traffic, and/or high crash experience from the right-turn-on-red movement,” Vielkanowitz said.
Making a left turn on circular red (or red arrow) is not allowed in North Carolina, he added.
Date posted: April 8, 2011
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