Ask Trooper Steve: Left on red?

News 6's Steve Montiero answers viewer questions

By Steve Montiero - Traffic Anchor, Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

ORLANDO, Fla. - Making a right on red, in most cases, is a fairly simple task to do. But what about making a left on red?

Terry, of Holly Hill, asked News 6 Traffic Safety Expert Steve Montier, "When making a left turn and your signal is red, when, if ever, are you allowed to make a left-hand turn?"

"In Florida, when you are in the left-turn lane and your traffic signal displays either a left red arrow or a solid red light, you are required to stop and stay there until the light turns green," Montiero said. 

He added, however, that there are exceptions. 

"The only time when you can make a legal left turn at a red light is when there is a sign stating left turns are allowed on red," Montiero said. "Usually, these will take place in an area where you are making a left turn onto a one-way street and all the traffic is moving in one direction."

A yellow flashing light allows drivers to make a left turn, with the caveat of being cautious and yielding to oncoming traffic or anyone else who has the right-of-way.

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