Obeying Traffic Signals
Running a red light is no joke.† Many people are killed or injured each year because someone sailed through a red light.†† In the month of March, officers will be paying close attention to traffic signal violations. The law is clear on how you must behave at traffic signals. Wisconsin State Statute 346.37 (1) states:† Whenever traffic is controlled by traffic control signals exhibiting different colored lights successively, or with arrows, the following colors shall be used and shall indicate and apply to operators of vehicles and pedestrians as follows:
Traffic facing a green signal may proceed straight through or turn right or left unless a sign prohibits either turn.† Even with a green light you should yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and to pedestrians lawfully within the intersection or a crosswalk.
When you see a yellow light with or following a green light, you should STOP before entering the intersection unless youíre so close to it that a stop may not be made safely.† A yellow light does NOT mean itís time to speed up to get through the intersection.
Traffic facing a red signal must stop before entering the crosswalk or before entering the intersection and must remain stopped until the light changes to green or some other signal permitting movement such as a green arrow.
Right Turn on red/Left Turn on red
Traffic facing a red signal at an intersection may after stopping, cautiously enter the intersection to make a right turn into the nearest lane for traffic moving to the right or to turn left from a one-way highway into the nearest lane of a one-way highway in which traffic travels to the left.† No turn may be made on a red signal if it means crossing lanes of moving traffic or if a sign at the intersection prohibits a turn.
Traffic facing a green arrow signal may enter the intersection only to make the movement indicated by the arrow.
Flashing Red- Vehicles must stop before proceeding.† A flashing red signal acts in much the same way as a stop sign.
Flashing Yellow- Vehicles may proceed through the intersection cautiously.
Remember even if you're in a hurry or you donít feel the light stays green long enough, thereís no excuse to endanger the lives of other motorists, passengers, pedestrians or bicyclists who may be in that intersection. Letís keep the streets of Fond du Lac safe!
Officer Cammie Vandermolen #28