Right Turns & Pedestrian Dangers

Jim Luff
Posted on June 1, 2015
When making right hand turns at a busy intersection, your view of the crosswalk is often impaired by a vehicle occupying the lane on your left. If the vehicle is stopped at the limit line for a ride light, this can create a dangerous situation if a pedestrian is walking towards your vehicle.

A high-profile vehicle such as a bus or big rig can completely block the line of sight. As you approach these intersections intending to turn right on a red light, you should expect a pedestrian if you can't clearly see the length of the crosswalk. If you can't see them, they can't see you and could easily step into your path as soon as they cross the vehicle to your left. While right hand turns on red lights are legal almost anywhere, you must do it with great care. While the light facing you is red, the light is green for pedestrians to cross directly in your path.

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