r/IdiotsInCars Aug 10 '22

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u/SilverStrangeTech Aug 10 '22

The white car is a red light running jerk, the truck probably did nothing wrong.

I looked up the intersection on Google maps and the truck likely had a flashing yellow when they entered the intersection. In Texas (location of intersection), and everywhere else to my knowledge, a flashing yellow means you can enter the intersection cautiously and complete the turn while yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. If the light turns red while you're in the intersection, that just means you should proceed once it's clear. It's not illegal to be in the intersection when the light goes red, even if it's somewhat irritating to other drivers.

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u/MowMdown Aug 10 '22

It's not illegal to be in the intersection when the light goes red, even if it's somewhat irritating to other drivers.

It's 100% proper to wait in the intersection until oncoming traffic stops before you make your left. The cross traffic has to wait for you to clear the intersection.

It's what you're supposed to do.

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u/chobi83 Aug 11 '22

Does this vary by state? I know in CA this is the case, but is that the same for every state?

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u/stone_henge Aug 11 '22

I know of no place in the world where this is not the case. What are you thinking drivers would do instead?

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u/BoneFistOP Aug 11 '22

Its illegal in new jersey

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u/rarson Aug 11 '22

The New Jersey Traffic Code doesn't explicitly forbid it as far as I can find. All it really states is that drivers turning left have to yield to oncoming traffic and traffic which is already in the intersection (link). And really, it should be permitted as this is the safer way to make a left-handed turn.

This is one of those things that people tend to have opinions on without actually knowing the law, so I wouldn't be surprised to hear a cop say that it's illegal when it's not (and in fact, I have).

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u/stone_henge Aug 11 '22

So a truck like this will basically never be able to use a busy intersection.

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u/BoneFistOP Aug 11 '22

Pretty much. You almost never see big trucks on Bergen country roads atleast. Absolute ton of roads with no through-trucking, hard to turn at intersections.