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Making a Right Turn at a Red Light - What's Legal? What's Not?

Posted by attorney Emily Brannon

Many drivers encounter this situation on a regular basis. They need to make a right turn at a red light, but are not 100% who they should yield to and when. Some people rush making a right turn on red and wind up getting into a major car accident and suffering a serious injury. Here are the facts so you can avoid becoming a victim of making an illegal right turn on red: You need to yield to on-coming traffic and need to yield to someone who is making a U-turn from the opposite lane. Furthermore, once you make your turn, you cannot immediately move into the farthest lane. You need to get into the closest lane and then gradually change lanes in order to help prevent a car accident.

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