Can you turn right on red from both turn lanes in Florida?

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions and shares tips about the rules of the road, helping Central Florida residents become better drivers by being better educated.

The most recent question Trooper Steve addressed was from Rick, who asked, “I see a lot of people making right turns on red from the left of two right turning lanes. Is this allowed in Florida?”

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“With road expansions happening across our area, it is becoming very common that you see more than one right turning lane,” Trooper Steve said. “Remember, you are never required to make a right on red. If there is a red light and you do not feel comfortable making the right after you’ve stopped, then you are allowed to wait until that light turns green.”

That may irk drivers behind you, but Trooper Steve said that’s their problem, and you should do what you feel is proper and safe.

But what about those multi-lane right turns?

“In Florida, you are allowed to make a right turn on red from any of the multiple right turning lanes if there is no signage limiting that movement,” Trooper Steve said. “Occasionally, there will be a sign that says, ‘Right on red only from right lane,’ meaning no right turns would be permitted other than the far right turning lane.”

If no sign exists, then you are allowed to make a right on red from any of the multiple right turning lanes.

About the Authors:

Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.