No more Right Turns at Red Lights?


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Beverley Kirkwood, Reporter

Washington legislators are considering passing a bill that will no longer allow drivers to take right turns at a red light in certain areas. Restricted areas include facilities that are within 1,000 feet of facilities like daycares, public parks, libraries, and more. Turning right at a red light has been a right given to drivers ever since the 1970’s and many find that this bill being passed controversial.

Why is this law being potentially passed in the first place?

Many believe that passing this bill will help ensure safety to pedestrians. Those with disabilities find that they have to be extra cautious when crossing a street in case of a car not seeing them. Turning right on a red light can conflict with pedestrians crossing a street, and can potentially cause a collision. To help gap the probability of an accident, this bill was proposed to help ensure the safety for those with disabilities and other pedestrians. On the other hand, many people find that this will hinder time and gas efficiency. Waiting at a red light will not only waste potentially saved time, but also gas due to the wait at the light.

Many people have polar opinions, so there is a lot more for the legislation to discuss. People believe that restricting the right to turn right on a red light will hinder traffic from flowing. If this bill is passed, it will take effect on July 1, 2024.