Delaware Stopping Point Law
“The D Team” recently observed 5 vehicles in a row violate the Delaware STOPPING POINT Law at intersection picture above. They all made a right-turn without coming to a STOP on a red traffic signal.
There can be no question this is a traffic light controlled intersection. A right-turn on a red traffic signal from the right-turn lane absolutely requires a FULL STOP at the STOP LINE. However, the YIELD SIGN can serve no other purpose than to confuse Delaware motorists about the STOPPING POINT Law.
“The D Team” FIX IT recommendations: REMOVE the YIELD SIGN in all RIGHT-TURN LANES that are under the control of a TRAFFIC SIGNAL. Intersection picture above according to DelDOT’S own words is inconsistent! “The nearest signal head to the right-turn lane controls the right-turn movement…therefore, the signal head for the adjacent through movement also controls the right-turn movement…In this situation there should be a STOP LINE… and there should be no YIELD SIGN.”
“Smart Defense”: When YIELD SIGNS are removed to bring intersections into consistency, strong consideration should be given to hanging a sign on the opposite direction traffic signal stating “LEFT TURN ON GREEN MUST YIELD” to reinforce opposite direction traffic that they have the YIELD requirement.