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Can you turn right if you have a red arrow?

If you pull up to a red arrow, waiting to make a right turn, you may be tempted to turn through the arrow if the traffic is clear. Can you do this or not?

There has been some confusion over the rule in recent years, but the basic answer is that you cannot turn on a red arrow. Even if you are turning right, you have to wait for the green to make the turn.

Some exceptions do exist, which is one reason for the confusion. You may have a sign telling you that a right turn is permitted after you come to a stop and check to make sure that all traffic has crossed through on the perpendicular road. If you have this sign, then you can turn. Otherwise, you should assume that you cannot.

Another reason for the confusion is that the law changed in 2012, but no one bothered to notify drivers within the state. Many in the government did not even know. They thought it was legal to turn, as it used to be, but the 2012 change means that it is not.

What happens if you turn anyway? The police can pull you over and give you a ticket for an illegal turn. The fine is $25. On top of that, you have to pay court costs.

Drivers are often expected to know the law, even if lawmakers have not made it very clear. If you find yourself facing tickets, fines and other ramifications when you thought you did nothing wrong, make sure you know what steps to take.

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