Monday, May 21, 2007

Left turns on red permitted onto one-way streets

Heading west on Bijou at Tejon: is it legal to make a left-hand turn on a red light into a one-way street going south, just as you can turn right on red lights everywhere except where “no turn on red” signs are displayed?
- Perry Trytten

ANSWER: Colorado Springs City Code 10.17.105 says a left turn may be made on a red light when not prohibited by an official sign or other official traffic-control device, but only if the vehicle first comes to a stop, is on a one-way street and is turning onto a one-way street where traffic is proceeding to the vehicle’s left. And, of course, you must yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians and other traffic. "It is otherwise unlawful to turn left on a steady red signal."


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