Left turn on red

January 12, 1994

There was no logical reason why automobiles drivers should not be allowed to make left turns on red lights at the intersections of two one-way streets, just as they have made right turns for years. Now it's legal, though on a restricted basis.

Concerned about pedestrians, Baltimore officials have either banned the turn or limited it to nights at most intersections. There aren't many other junctions of one-way roads elsewhere. City drivers are not notably considerate of pedestrians, but the right turns have not made street-crossing any more dangerous. Neither should the left turns.

Now, if local drivers would only heed red lights when driving straight ahead . . .

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