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NJSA 39:4-115 Improper Turn at Traffic Light

Posted by attorney Kenneth Vercammen
Filed under: Government law

39:4-115. Improper turn at traffic light, Making right or left turn The driver of a vehicle or the motorman of a streetcar a. intending to turn to the right or left at an intersection where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals or by a traffic or police officer, shall proceed to make either turn with proper care to avoid accidents and, except as provided in b. below, only upon the "Go" signal unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, an official sign or special signal; or b. intending to turn right at an intersection where traffic is controlled by a traffic control signal shall, unless an official sign of the State, municipality, or county authority having jurisdiction over the intersection prohibits the same, proceed to make the turn upon a "Stop" or "Caution" signal with proper care to avoid accidents after coming to a full stop, observing traffic in all directions and yielding to all pedestrians and other traffic traveling in a direction in which the turn will be made. Both the approach for and the turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, unless such intersection is otherwise posted.

Amended by L.1976, c. 46, s. 1.

39:4-116. Special right or left turn Special right or left turn movements may be provided when approved by the director at intersections where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals, by incorporating an additional lens in the signal. This additional lens shall be a green arrow lens and shall designate the special right or left turn movement by the direction of the arrow.

When a green arrow lens is incorporated in a traffic control signal and the signal is operating to control traffic at an intersection, vehicles shall make turning movements in the direction of the arrow only when the lens is illuminated.

Amended by L.1951, c. 23, p. 89, s. 58. For information on points, fines, jail and suspension for this violation, go to

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