Right Turn Signal In Pennsylvania

Put yourself in the following situation: You are stopped at an intersection in Pennsylvania. The traffic light is red, and you want to make a right turn. Beside the traffic light is a sign that reads “Right Turn Signal”. You check for pedestrians and cross traffic; all is clear. The traffic light is still red.

Let me ask you…Can you legally turn right on red at this intersection?

Right Turn SignalDid you say “NO”? If so, you are not alone. The majority of drivers do not understand the meaning of this sign. In fact, it is viewed by many, as one of the most confusing, least intuitive road signs in PennDOT’s showroom.

A “Right Turn Signal” sign is posted close to a traffic signal to indicate that the signal controls right-turn movements. They appear only at intersections with dedicated turn lanes and green-arrow signals, and are intended to avoid confusion about which signals apply to which lane.

So let’s ask that question again. Can you legally turn right on red at an intersection posted with a “Right Turn Signal” sign. YES! In Pennsylvania, unless there’s a sign that says “No Turn On Red” or a red arrow, it’s legal to turn right on a red, after coming to a complete stop – but only when it’s safe to do so.

Ask around, see how many people think “Right Turn Signal” means “No Turn On Red”. The results may surprise you.