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Can you turn left on red in New York State? The answer is YES, but not every time. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, There are a few basic rules when it comes to a red traffic light. Here are some:

  • Stop at a every steady red light.
  • Turn RIGHT on red after coming to a complete stop and making sure it's clear to go.
  • Treat a flashing red light as if it were a stop sign.

All of these make sense but what about turning LEFT on red?

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The DMV confirms that you can make a left turn at a steady red light. If you are driving down a one-way street and you come to an intersection with another one-way street crossing in front of you, you can turn left on red. Stop, look and, if all is clear, go.

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