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Old 05-09-2012, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Thumbs up You can make a left turn on red in Texas.

....if both streets at the intersection are one way streets. I'm assuming most people aren't aware since I haven't seen any other drivers take advantage of it since I've been here. I've even had passengers give me surprised looks. It was legal in the state I've moved from and made a point to check the traffic laws here.


TRANSPORTATION CODE**CHAPTER 544. TRAFFIC SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND MARKINGS

(d) An operator of a vehicle facing only a steady red signal shall stop at a clearly marked stop line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. A vehicle that is not turning shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown. After stopping, standing until the intersection may be entered safely, and yielding right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully in an adjacent crosswalk and other traffic lawfully using the intersection, the operator may
(1) turn right; or
(2) turn left, if the intersecting streets are both one-way streets and a left turn is permissible.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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Yes, you're right. I learned that in drivers ed when I was a kiddo
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Someone's just taken drivers ed to dismiss a ticket
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Someone's just taken drivers ed to dismiss a ticket
Nada. Only had one traffic citation and that was in 1995.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Yes. I've never lived anywhere where this wasn't the case.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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Yes. I've never lived anywhere where this wasn't the case.

I have. NYC. Can't even go right on red.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:58 PM
 
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I knew this, but I bet a lot of folks here don't. They also don't seem to know that the left lane should be used for passing and faster traffic.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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And vice versa...I've been noticing a lot more people trying to drive too fast in the slow lane and no, not always to go around slower people in the fast lane either.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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I knew this, but I bet a lot of folks here don't. They also don't seem to know that the left lane should be used for passing and faster traffic.
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And vice versa...I've been noticing a lot more people trying to drive too fast in the slow lane and no, not always to go around slower people in the fast lane either.
Didn't take long for this thread to pick up THIS oh-so-productive subject once again.

BUT, if you want to discuss driving maneuvers that are dangerous yet performed countless times daily, let's talk about pulling into the center-dual turn lane and accelerating for hundreds of feet before finally squeezing into the proper traveling lane. Not legal here in Texas, folks.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:52 AM
 
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....if both streets at the intersection are one way streets. I'm assuming most people aren't aware since I haven't seen any other drivers take advantage of it since I've been here. I've even had passengers give me surprised looks. It was legal in the state I've moved from and made a point to check the traffic laws here.


TRANSPORTATION CODE**CHAPTER 544. TRAFFIC SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND MARKINGS

(d) An operator of a vehicle facing only a steady red signal shall stop at a clearly marked stop line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. A vehicle that is not turning shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown. After stopping, standing until the intersection may be entered safely, and yielding right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully in an adjacent crosswalk and other traffic lawfully using the intersection, the operator may
(1) turn right; or
(2) turn left, if the intersecting streets are both one-way streets and a left turn is permissible.
This has come up a lot of times. I think most people know this I see people doing it all the time.

Less common is that you can pull into the intersection while you are making a left turn on green. Then when the light turns red you can complete your turn. I see a lot of people that dont know this. Typically 2 cars should be able to go, but lots of times no cars go.
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