North Carolina Senate tentatively approved legislation to allow
drivers to turn left on red.
would apply only to drivers turning left off a one-way street onto
another one-way street after first stopping for a red light. The
turns would be illegal if a sign prohibited them.
voted in favor of the bill 29-16 on June 5. It must survive one
more vote before heading back to the House, which will consider
to The Charlotte Observer, the Senate version would increase
the points assessed to a driver’s record for failing to yield to
a pedestrian on either a right or left turn on red, raising it from
three to four points.
bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jim Gulley, R-Matthews, told The News
& Observer the change would cut emissions by reducing driving
time and bring the state in line with most of the rest of the country.
other states have some form of left-on-red laws on the books.