Any Federal Law For Right On Red?

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Big J's Comment
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Today I made a right on red. It is legal by almost every state law to make a right on red unless there's a sign saying "no right on red". It's legal in almost every state to "yield" not "stop" when doing a right on red. When I made my right on red today, I "yielded", and did not "stop". I did not violate the state law for where I did this.

I can't find any information online that this was a violation of Federal law or DoT. Does anyone know if DoT prohibits a semi from "yielding", instead of "stopping", when doing a right on red (when no sign says "no right on red")?


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Rob T.'s Comment
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What state did this happen? I've lived in 3 different states and each of those require you to stop before turning right on red.


Hours Of Service

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Turtle's Comment
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It's legal in almost every state to "yield" not "stop" when doing a right on red.

Where do you get that from? I've never heard of yielding on red.

Turtle's Comment
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A 30 second Google search showed that practically everywhere requires a full stop before turning right on red.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Ive gotten dinged on that in a car and on the bike before, almost all states require a stop before turning.

Tim F.'s Comment
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I’ve noticed there are a few right hand turn lanes that are marked separately with yield signs. In other words, if you were go straight through the light it’s a red light with stop signs. However, if you are turning right, there is a yield sign. Usually it is a fully committed turning lane, with an island separating it from other lanes....if this makes sense.

I believe in this case it is legal to go ahead and “yield” into traffic.

Otherwise, I agree with others. If it’s a red light,!with a stop sign...there is no yielding...only stopping when making a right hand turn.

Sid V.'s Comment
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Illinois was giving out tickets for people not coming to a complete stop on a right hand turn with their red light cameras.

Pretty sure you have to come to a stop.

Robin Hood's Comment
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It's legal in almost every state to "yield" not "stop" when doing a right on red.


Where do you get that from? I've never heard of yielding on red.

Tennessee rarely requires a stop on red, if turning right. And will very quickly get you rear ended, or a ticket for obstructing traffic if you stop and it’s clear, but that’s here. Idk but in West Virginia I also seen many places with yield to right on red also. But I’ve seen it illegal, but I thought we had to stop regardless?

Delco Dave's Comment
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I’ve never heard of yielding at a red light for a right turn either, always a complete stop then turn if no traffic. Furthermore, For safety reasons alone it’s not the best idea to turn on red in a semi. Between the wide turning radius and slow acceleration, you are putting yourself at unnecessary risk. If someone comes out of nowhere and hits you, you will still be at fault for impeding the flow of traffic. Best bet is to wait for the green

Don's Comment
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I have never seen signs, nor read any law that states you "yield on red" when making a right turn at a red light. My interpretation is you must come to a complete stop before turning right on red. Now there are traffic patterns where you have a seperate right exit lane coming off of an approach to a red light that only requires yielding. In most cases, the signs are very distinct and easily understood. But, this is why we have plenty of materials available regarding signage. With the internet, it is quite easy to see each State's particular laws are on right on red, yield, etc..

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