Road Rules 101: When is it OK to turn on a red light/arrow?

March 18, 2019 by PEMCO Insurance

traffic signal light.Under both Washington and Oregon law, you can turn right on a solid red arrow (the same as a solid red light) provided it's safe to do so, you come to a full stop, traffic is clear, and you stay out of the intersection as you wait, unless  there's a sign posted that prohibits it. That's true even in situations where there are two lanes turning right. It's also OK to turn left on a red arrow when you're turning onto a one-way street.

Turns on red require an extra dose of caution. You'll want to double check for bicyclists and pedestrians who may not be e​xpecting your turn.

And if you encounter a (fairly rare) flashing red arrow? Treat it the same as you would a stop sign.

NOTE: While we're experts in loss prevention and home/auto safety, we don't consider ourselves experts in traffic laws or their enforcement. Information shared here is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you have legal concerns, we urge you to contact a law enforcement source or attorney in your community.

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