Allowing drivers to turn right on red prioritizes movement of cars over the safety of people. It may be true that banning ROTR is a “paperwork nightmare” but is it worth risking injury and death for people who walk and ride bicycles?
It’s Time for Cities to Rethink Right Turns on Red
Letting drivers turn on red can save gas, but there is a trade-off. Though recent studies are lacking, the body of research shows that allowing rights on red compromises safety for people who walk and bike.
Permitting rights on red increases pedestrian crashes by 60 percent and bike crashes by 100 percent, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found in the 1980s.