Right Turn, Clyde

Traffic law question: if you come to signal in a right turn lane and the signal shows a red right arrow, are you allowed to make a right turn if the way is clear? I’ve seen local cops make a right turn on a red arrow all the time, but my roommate swears that a right arrow implies “no turn on red.”

While your local laws may differ, according to StateofFlorida.com under Signals, Signs and Pavement Markings, you can conditionally turn right on a red arrow by treating it like a normal stop light unless specifically marked otherwise:

Come to a complete stop at the marked stop line or before moving into the crosswalk or intersection. After stopping, you may turn right on red arrow at most intersections if the way is clear. Some intersections display a “NO TURN ON RED” sign, which you must obey. Left turns on red arrow from a one-way street into a one-way street are also allowed.

I love right turn on red states, but have you ever noticed their aren’t any right turn on blue states? Yeah, it was a stretch…