RIGHT TURN ON RED

The right turn on red (RTOR) rule of each state is identified, and the state' experiences with RTOR are described. Information is also given on RTOR accidents, vehicle delay, fuel savings and signing as well as the preliminary results of a public opinion survey of driver and pedestrian attidutes toward RTOR. It was found that when one state adopts RTOR (permits right turn on rid if drivers stop and yield the right-of-way, except where prohibited by a sign) border states usually follow suite. RTOR reduces right turn delays, consequently reducing auto emissions and increasing fuel savings. Preliminary accident analysis data indicate that accidents are occurring because of RTOR. However, they are comparatively less frequent than other intersection accidents. Many pedestrians feel endangered by RTOR and this may lead to its prohibition in areas with significant pedestrian traffic. The safety problem, as well as the legal and signing aspects of RTOR are currently being researched.

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    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • McGee, H W
    • Warren, D L
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

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  • Accession Number: 00141262
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-019 049
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM