Is it legal to turn right on a red arrow after stopping?

In a previous Ask The Advocate column, the city’s chief traffic engineer Ingolf Partenheimer stated that it was legal to turn on a red arrow. Now, he states that after further research he “found this to be incorrect” and illegal. In the same Ask the Advocate column, Sgt. Nick Manale states that, “Except when a sign prohibits a turn ... traffic facing any steady red signal may ... turn right.” So it is legal because the word “any” also applies to a red arrow.

With so much confusion among “experts,” the only sensible solution is for the city to add signs at all intersections with red arrows. Which of course could have been done before all the red arrows were installed.

Mike McCaughey


Baton Rouge