Can I make a left turn on red? YES!!
Yes, BUT… There is always a “but” when we are talking about laws. In this case the “but” is that you can only make a left turn on a solid red light if you are on a one-way street and the street you’re turning onto is also a one-way street. If that doesn’t make sense reread the sentence over until it does – the street that you’re on can only go in one direction and the street that you’re turning left onto can also only go in one direction (left). If both those requirements are not met, then you cannot turn left on red. Or if there is a street sign indicating no turn on red then you cannot turn left on red — you’d think the sign would be self-explanatory but people still struggle with it. And that’s about it. Just like making a right turn on red, when making a left turn on red you still have to come to a complete stop and make sure you yield the right of way to pedestrians and other traffic but otherwise, have at it.
I’m sure there are still skeptics among you out there. I always get some push-back when educating people about this motor-vehicular legal unicorn. It’s quite common for me to hear, “Who’s this voodoo lawyer telling me I can make a left turn on a red light? That can’t be true. Has he been reading my diary because that’s been a dream of mine for quite some time.” For those of you thinking that, head on over to Florida Statute 316.075(1)(c) and read for yourselves.
There you have it. You’re welcome. You may now be thinking, “How can I ever repay you for this invaluable information? Cash? Check? Do you accept Bitcoin?” to which I humbly respond, “Please, keep your hard-earned money. I do this for my love of the law.” HOWEVER… I will be forever grateful if you could forward this, share this, tweet, instagram, snapchat — whatever way you think will reach the highest number of drivers in Downtown Miami & Brickell because I’ve recently come to the realization that my way of educating the people — getting out of my truck and knocking on the window of the car(s) in front of me & politely informing them of this legal gem — just isn’t very efficient.
Please & thank you. -afv.
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