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Dear Cop - Turning On Red Light

On occasion early in the morning or late at night I have had to sit at numerous lights when there is nobody around. My question is, at any time are you allowed to make a left turn on a red light or red turning arrow.

Answer From Dear Cop
As per Section 129(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act, a driver of a vehicle approaching a red light must cause the vehicle to come to a complete stop at the marked stop line, or if there is no stop line at a marked crosswalk, or if there is no marked cross walk stop before entering the intersection. A driver must not cause the vehicle to proceed until the traffic control signal instructs the driver that he or she is permitted to do so.
It is legal to make a left turn from a two way street onto a one way street on a red light provided that you have come to a complete stop first, you have your left turn indicator on and you have yield to all traffic that is proceeding through on a green light.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison


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About the Author

Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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