Pasco Police Say a Right Turn on Red Could Get You a Ticket
I'm guilty. I'm one of those that has to remember to come to a complete stop before taking a right turn at a red light. Pasco Police and WSP are reminding motorists that you have to come to a complete stop before turning right on red.
I've been a Washingtonian my whole life but when I lived in California for a few years, I picked up a few bad habits and one of them is the infamous "California Stop".
I'm sure other people call it a rolling stop. I've gotten better at coming to a complete stop at a red light before turning right and it's a good thing because I could get a hefty ticket if I don't make a complete stop.
Pasco Police Officer Cobb and Washington State Trooper Mosquera recently made a reminder video and demonstrating how to safely execute a red light right turn. You can also check out the video on the Pasco Police Facebook or click through below to view the video --- it plays on their Facebook after clicking on the video below.
Not stopping at a red light turning right can cost you big with a ticket starting at $148 bucks.
The one way you don't have to stop is a free right turn but the sign has to be posted and you still have to at least slow down and look both ways before entering traffic.
Here is the current statute in the law:
Obedience to and required traffic control devices. (Effective October 1, 2020.)
(1) The driver of any vehicle, a person operating a bicycle, and every pedestrian shall obey, and the operation of every personal delivery device shall follow, the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto, and as specified in this chapter, placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, subject to the exception granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter.
(2) No provision of this chapter for which official traffic control devices are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if at the time and place of the alleged violation an official device is not in proper position and sufficiently legible or visible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. Whenever a particular section does not state that official traffic control devices are required, such section shall be effective even though no devices are erected or in place.
(3) Whenever official traffic control devices are placed in position approximately conforming to the requirements of this chapter, such devices shall be presumed to have been so placed by the official act or direction of lawful authority, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.
(4) Any official traffic control device placed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and purporting to conform to the lawful requirements pertaining to such devices shall be presumed to comply with the requirements of this chapter, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.
So the video is a good reminder to come to a complete stop before turning right on a red light and save yourself a hefty ticket from the Pasco Police Department and Washington State Patrol