Red Light Arrows and Right Turns

The in basket: Don Wyman of Bremerton e-mails to say “I am confused about what an intersection red light arrow really is trying to tell us. At many intersections there is a red arrow typically where you might stop then take a right hand turn.
“An example,” he said, “would be while traveling west on 11th Street in Bremerton and where it meets up with Kitsap Way there is one of these red light arrows indicators to the right. Everyone stops at that light and even from the left hand lane people stop and proceed to take a right against this red light arrow. It seems to me that the red light arrow means don’t turn right when it is on. Can you clarify?”


The in basket: Don Wyman of Bremerton e-mails to say “I am confused about what an intersection red light arrow really is trying to tell us. At many intersections there is a red arrow typically where you might stop then take a right hand turn.
“An example,” he said, “would be while traveling west on 11th Street in Bremerton and where it meets up with Kitsap Way there is one of these red light arrows indicators to the right. Everyone stops at that light and even from the left hand lane people stop and proceed to take a right against this red light arrow. It seems to me that the red light arrow means don’t turn right when it is on. Can you clarify?”
The out basket: Those turns are legal, from either lane, providing no traffic with the green light is coming, and no signs prohibit it. Both lanes can make the right on red because there is a lane for both on Kitsap Way.
The only difference between the impact of a red arrow light and a red ball light controlling a right lane appears to be that the arrow light tells the driver he must turn right when the light changes to green.

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