From Salmar, Is it Legal to Make a Right Turn on Red from Both Lanes?

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Whether you have a question about certain laws and how they might affect you, your family or friends, or how to stay safe in certain situations, we want you to ask them. Every week we will run two or three questions and give some answers.

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This week's questions from Campbell Patch readers were answered by Campbell Police Captain Dave Carmichael.

Q: Turning from Salmar onto Hamilton Ave, there are two right turn lanes.  Is it legal to make a right turn on red from both lanes?

Yes, it is legal to make a right turn on red from both right lanes at this location.  This intersection is controlled by a steady circular red signal, rather than a red arrow, and there are no posted signs there prohibiting such a turn on red.

However, Vehicle Code section 21453 specifies that the driver making such a turn must yield the right of way to pedestrians lawfully within the crosswalk and to any vehicle approaching so close as to constitute a hazard. 


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Mayra Flores de Marcotte February 12, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I've got to be honest. I've always wondered about this (making a turn from the outside lane, not necessarily just this particular intersection) and I'm actually a little surprised by the answer. I find it a little dangerous and distracting, to say the least, when I'm making a turn and someone next to me pulls along side of me moments before. Anyone else feel like this?


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