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Is it OK to turn right onto State Street from both lanes of A Avenue if the light is red?

BOGGS(A Lake Oswego police officer or firefighter answers readers' questions each week in this space. To submit a question, call Editor Gary M. Stein at 503-636-1281 ext. 102 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Is it OK to turn right onto State Street from both lanes of A Avenue if the light is red?

If you are headed east on A Avenue, there are two lanes that turn right onto State Street. A motorist may use either lane to make a right turn onto State Street on a red light as long as:

• the motorist makes a complete stop before the white crosswalk line; and

• the motorist exercises caution to avoid an accident from an oncoming vehicle that may have the right of way or would constitute an immediate hazard.

It doesn't matter which lane a motorist uses; they just need to follow the law and exercise caution. The only purpose of the red arrows is to advise the driver that they can only turn right. When some drivers see the red arrows, they don't think they can make a right on red. However, that's not true.

If you have a specific request or see a violation occur, the Lake Oswego Police Department encourages all citizens to contact the non-emergency line at 503-635-0238 and an officer will be dispatched as soon as available.

— Officer Drew Boggs

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