Right Turn on Red Law

Virginia's Right Turn On Red Law

One of our PhotoSafe Program’s public safety and awareness goals is to remind drivers of Virginia’s right turn on red law.

This law has been in effect and has remained unchanged in the State of Virginia for over 20 years.

It is important for drivers to understand that Norfolk automated enforcement systems do monitor and will capture violations that occur in the right turn lanes at photo enforced intersections.

Part of our City efforts toward getting drivers to stop before making a right turn on red includes the installation of “STOP HERE ON RED” and “PHOTO ENFORCED” signs next to the stop bar at all intersections where the cameras enforce this law. The signs are an additional warning.

Virginia’s right turn on red law is below.

Virginia State Code § 46.2-835. Right turn on steady red light after stopping, states…

“Notwithstanding the provisions of § 46.2-833, except where signs are placed prohibiting turns on steady red, vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal, after coming to a full stop, may cautiously enter the intersection and make a right turn.

Such turning traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic using the intersection.”

One of the criteria for choosing intersections for photo enforcement cameras is high accident or crash locations.

Another consideration is the number of red light running violations occurring at the intersection.

Our challenge is to modify driver behavior at the location in order to reduce or eliminate crashes. 

Our goal is to improve public safety at all of our City intersections.

Our data has clearly shown that enforcement cameras positively contribute to a reduction in red light running and improvement of driver behavior at all of our monitored intersections.

The risks involved when failing to yield the right of way for a pedestrian or another driver and being in a right angle or rear end collision are enormous.

Virginia State Code § 15.2-968.1, Use of Photo-monitoring systems to enforce traffic light signals, provides for the capturing of red light violations under § 46.2-835.

Please contact the PhotoSafe Program Office by phone at (757) 823-4441 if you any questions on Norfolk’s photo enforcement of the right turn on red law.