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Altamonte Springs Police Department
Thursday September 30th, 2010 :: 12:49 p.m. EDT


Who has the right of way: Right turn on RED or U-turn on green? See email for full story.

Before we answer today’s questions let’s do a quick review of how each color on a traffic light is defined according to Florida law. Green does not mean simply go, by statute it is defined as proceed when safe and with caution. Yellow means prepare to stop. And Red is defined as stop prior to the crosswalk or stop bar line.

Can I turn right on red? Vehicles may make a right turn on red, but shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection, except when a sign is present which prohibits any such right turn against a steady red signal.

Can I ever turn left on red? Only drivers on a one-way street that intersects another one-way street on which traffic moves to the left shall stop in obedience to a steady red signal, but may then make a left turn into the one-way street, but shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding unless a sign prohibits turning left on red.

Can I make a u-turn on red? No, nada, no chance, uh-uh, no-way, nah, nope, negative, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin, nothing doing, do pigs fly? Fugeddaboudit! Hopefully that clears up any confusion about that question!

Now back to our original question of: Who has the right of way - a vehicle turning right on red or a vehicle making a u-turn on green? Have you eaten your bowl of beets yet? If not let’s go double or nothing, get it right and I let you out of eating the beets but miss it and you have to eat those beets over a piece of liver! Ooooh the pressure is on. Answer a.) if you think it’s a vehicle turning right on red or b.) it’s the vehicle making a u-turn on green. And now we will listen to the music of Jeopardy as you make your selection. “dah dah dah dah dah dah dah – dum ta dum dum dum dum dum. Times up!

The correct answer is “b” – the vehicle making a u-turn on green. The key here is a vehicle at a red light must always yield the right of way to vehicles proceeding on a green light.

Today’s Nixle suggestion comes from our very own Mayor Pat Bates of Altamonte Springs. Thank you Mayor for the suggestion and the wonderful service you and our great commissioners provide to residents, businesses, and visitors of Altamonte Springs!

Have a great day.

Altamonte Springs Police Department
175 Newburyport Ave
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 407-339-2441

Lt Darin Farber
COPS Section

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