Expanding DC’s ‘no right turn on red’ could backfire, AAA says

WASHINGTON — D.C. is moving to ban right turns on red lights at another 100 intersections by July.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), which is set to begin installing the additional “no turn on red” signs this month, said the goal is to make roads safer.

But AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John Townsend said an unintended result could be more accidents and gridlock: “If the driver is now only allowed to turn on green, then he’s in constant conflict or immediate conflict with pedestrians crossing at the same time.”

Townsend said that could lead to an uptick in crashes involving pedestrians. He also thinks impatient drivers may speed up to try to beat red lights, leading to more rear-end collisions and crashes that are more severe.

“If the District’s assumptions are not based on current state of the art protocols for traffic safety, the ban could create more…

Original published: 2019-02-05 11:00:43 Read the full Washington News here

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