Wednesday, September 19, 2007

No Left Turn on Red

No Left Turn on Red

This morning I just about got creamed twice walking along Chestnut downtown by motorists (including a FedEx truck) making left turns from one one-way street to another while the traffic signal facing them was red.

But in Missouri it is illegal to turn left on red from one one-way street to another. I know I'm still an inexperienced driver, but nowhere in the Missouri Revised Statutes nor in the Missouri Driver Guide does it say this is ok!

Yes, you can turn right on a red, after stopping and looking for traffic (including pedestrians). That is, unless it is a location that has a "No Right Turn on Red" sign for whatever reason; i.e., Magnolia and Grand by the Missouri School for the Blind.

But according to both Wikipedia and this very detailed web site, Missouri is one of eight states (as well as D.C. and Guam) that still bans left turns on red from one one-way street to another. The maneuver is legal in Illinois... which might explain why I was so confused crossing the street in downtown Chicago. Or at least, that's my excuse for today.


PS: Happy 25th Anniversary, Smiley!


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