In Bismarck, ND – “NO” Means “NO”…Right?
Maybe some people thought "Well If I don't see a police car around..."
I have noticed that most of the time when I'm out driving around Bismarck/Mandan and I come across one of these intersections ( there are at least two that come into my mind ) people do obey the sign. I'm talking about coming up to a red light, and you are wanting to turn right at the corner, and a clear sign says "NO TURN ON RED". Yet today I saw three cars roll up to the intersection, pause just for a moment, glance off to their left, and proceeded right on through. This was over at West Bismarck Expressway and South Washington street.
Ok, I understand the mistake that some people may make
There are many corners and lights all around Bisman that do not have the INFAMOUS sign I was talking about. So what are the North Dakota laws for this situation? According to drivinglaws.org "As long as there's no sign prohibiting it, North Dakota law permits drivers to make right turns after stopping at a red light. However, drivers need to use caution and follow the normal right-of-way rules when making a right on a red" Some people might argue that they didn't see the "NO..." sign, but that's your fault.
You can honk at me all you want
Here is what I have encountered a couple of times, like this morning, on a lazy Sunday morning. I just exited the 94 interstate and came up to W Divide Ave and Tyler Parkway. The lights were red, ESPECIALLY the one right next to the sign "NO TURN ON RED". After sitting there for not even 5 seconds, Mr impatient behind me leaned on his horn until the light turned green. I simply rolled my window down and pointed to the sign, which didn't mean a thing to the clod behind me. As I drove away I thought to myself that Bismarck Police would have a field day writing tickets to people who choose to ignore the sign.
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