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Ask an Officer: Can I Turn Right on Red at Waples Mill & Oakton?

Officer Wayne Twombly answers questions from readers

Have a question you've always wanted to ask someone in law enforcement? Officer Wayne Twombly of the Fair Oaks Police District, which encompasses Oakton, will answer your question through our Ask an Officer feature. Readers submit questions and Officer Twombly responds. Send questions to Nicole.Trifone@patch.com or submit them in the comments section below.

Here is this week's question:

When driving SE on Waples Mill Road, there is a stop light at the Oakton Road intersection. Is it legal is make a right turn on red at that three-way intersection? There is no sign prohibiting it, yet I never see any motorists turning right on red. 

If there isn't a sign prohibiting a right turn on red, you can make a right turn on red. Clarification (1:19 p.m.): But there is no right turn from that direction. Treat it as going straight to stay on Waples Mill Road.

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CR August 27, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Once again, the response you were given from VDOT was a generic response for all intersections. As point in fact, there IS NO RIGHT TURN at the specific intersection in question. Your options are to either turn left on Oakton Road or continue straight on Waples Mill Road.
bill September 01, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Who or what decides whether its a turn or not? Is it that, if the road name doesn't change, by law its not a turn, regardless of how sharp the turn is at the light? It seems that the degree doesn't matter because at this intersection its almost straight to go onto Oakton, but it IS being called a left turn. Its about 60 degrees to go right on Waples Mill but it is NOT being called a turn. So again I ask again, who or what decides whether its a turn or not? Is it that, if the road name doesn't change, by law its not a turn, regardless of how sharp the turn is at the light?
Jenn September 21, 2012 at 02:19 AM
well.. theres a sign saying that you are going straight onto waples mill road.. its yellow. and has an arrow so I guess that sign says so
Jenn September 21, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I love that this has been cleared up its a total pet peeve of mine when i see people run that light thinking its a right turn. I saw that there is now a camera? is that for this issue?
Mary Kay Claus October 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Please ask if the police if they can post a "No turn on red" sign. So many people treat it this way and I've seen many near-miss accidents. It is a safety concern for those of us that use the road regularly. Either that, or post an officer at the intersection. S/he will make millions in fines!

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