WTOP Ticketbuster: Right-turn-on-red tickets create confusion

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Red-light cameras are common in Maryland, Virginia and D.C., but many drivers complained to WTOP Ticketbuster about a specific kind of ticket in 2013.

These tickets occur when drivers make a right turn on red, but engage in a specific type of turn that is considered illegal. Known as a rolling right turn or sometimes referred to as a “Rhode Island roll” or “California stop,” these drivers are not coming to a complete stop before making a right turn at a red light.

“The law is very clear,” says Montgomery County Police Captain Thomas Didone, who runs the speed and red light camera program. “In Maryland, upon approaching a red traffic signal, you must stop, complete cessation of movement behind the white stop line. Then, after looking to see if it’s clear, you may proceed on a right turn.”

Maryland Annotated Code


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