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Ask Liz: Left Turn on Red?

Friday, Mar 1, 2013  |  Updated 9:02 PM EDT
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Ask Liz: Left Turn on Red?

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A viewer wanted to know whether or not it’s legal to make left-hand turns at a red light from a one-way street to another one-way street.

The Consumer Unit called several jurisdictions to get the answer.

Fairfax County police said that the left turn on red is legal for the entire state of Virginia. 

The same goes for the state of Maryland, according to Montgomery County Police.

For both states, the driver must come to a complete stop before turning.

But that same one-way, left-hand turn on red is illegal in the District.

That left turn is considered a red light violation and can come with a $150 fine, D.C. police said.

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