Can I turn Left On A Red Light In Michigan?

According to MCL 257.612(1)(c)(ii), a driver facing a red light is able to make a left turn from a one-way or a two-way street onto a one-way roadway unless such turn is prohibited by some type of a sign.  Before making this left turn, a driver must make a complete stop before entering the crosswalk or intersection if there is no crosswalk.  Hmmm…interesting!  I always thought that you could only turn left on a red light if you are making that left from a one-way street onto a one-way roadway.  I was wrong!  You can make that left onto a one-way roadway even if you are on a two-way street!

Specifically, MCL 257.612(1)(c)(ii) states in part, “[v]ehicular traffic facing a steady red signal, after stopping before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or at a limit line when marked or, if there is no crosswalk or limit line, before entering the intersection, may make…a left turn from a 1-way or 2-way street into a 1-way roadway carrying traffic in the direction of the left turn unless prohibited by sign, signal, marking, light, or other traffic control device. The vehicular traffic shall yield the right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection.

 

Aida@ambroselawgroup.com

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