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Ask The Times: When to yield on a right turn, stop on red

POSTED: November 2, 2012 11:59 p.m.

If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

What’s the deal with yield signs on right turns? I see people turning right yielding for people to make left turns from oncoming traffic.

If a raised concrete island exists between the through lane and the right turn lane, then the person turning right should yield to the person coming from the other direction and attempting to turn left, Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Teri Pope said.

DOT is currently reviewing every signalized intersection after an attorney general opinion was issued to this effect.

“This is a work in progress and will take several years to ensure every intersection is consistent,” she said.

At the intersection of Academy Street and Oak Street, for drivers turning right onto Oak Street, there is a sign that says “stop here on red.” Does this mean you cannot turn right on red? Or does it mean that you should stop there to yield to traffic before making your right turn on red?

Kevin Holbrook, spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department, said that unless there is a sign stating “No turn on red” then under Georgia law you can make a right-hand turn on a red signal.

“In the case such as Academy Street an Oak Street, drivers should stop at the clearly marked stop bar, then only proceed after they have yielded right of way,” he said.

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