Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. Has the law changed regarding school buses turning right on red lights? I followed buses 19 and 38 on Monday morning, and both turned right on red at the light near Walmart. This is not the first time this school year that I've followed these buses and watched them turn right on a red light.
Dear Juneau Resident,
The law allows school buses and all other vehicles to turn right on a steady red light. The applicable state law is copied below.
A manager at First Student bus company here in Juneau says the company has a policy that allows for driver discretion on this matter but does encourage bus drivers not to turn right on red. If the turn is safe and appropriate the bus driver has not violated company policy.
If you see a school bus cause a dangerous situation by turning right on red please alert JPD, using 911 if a collision occured and 586-0600 if one did not. You can also call the bus company at 789-7352 and ask to speak with a supervisor.
13 AAC 02.010
(3) steady red indication
(A) vehicular traffic facing a steady circular red signal may not enter the intersection and must stop at a clearly marked stop line or, if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, before entering the intersection; vehicular traffic must remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown, except as provided in (a)(3)(B) of this section;
(B) a driver of a vehicle who has stopped as provided in (a)(3)(A) of this section may, after stopping, cautiously proceed to turn right or left from the lawful lane for the turn, except that no person may turn left onto a two-way street when facing a steady red indication; these movements are not allowed if an official traffic-control device prohibits them or directs the driver's attention to a green arrow signal which controls these movements; vehicular traffic making such a turn must yield the right-of-way to another vehicle or to a pedestrian lawfully within the intersection or an adjacent crosswalk at the time the signal is exhibited;