Question: I do a lot of local driving for work, and every day I see an abundance of vehicles that roll through stops. This happens most frequently in a “right on red” situation. I have seen many near misses by vehicles rolling through a “right on red.” I was just wondering what our state law requires us to do at stop signs/red lights.Answer: According to the Minnesota Driver’s Manual, when approaching a red light (solid or flashing) or a stop sign, motorists must come to a complete stop prior to reaching the nearest marked white line.
Minnesota law allows motorists to make a right turn on a red light after making a complete stop, unless there’s a sign indicating the turn is prohibited. Drivers must use caution and follow right-of-way rules.
Motorcyclists and bicyclists can proceed with caution through a red light after making a complete stop, if:
- The signal continued to show red for an “unreasonable time”.
- The signal apparently malfunctioned or failed to detect the bicycle or motorcycle.
- No vehicle or pedestrian was approaching or close enough so as to make going through the red signal dangerous.
Failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or a red light can result in a fine of $300 or more.
Remember, you can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.