From the California Driver Handbook: Solid Red– A red signal light means “STOP.” You can make a right turn against a red light after you stop then yield to pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles close enough to be a hazard. Make the right turn only when it is safe.
Then, is it legal to make a right turn on red?
Right turn against a red traffic signal light–Signal and stop for a red traffic signal light at the marked limit line. If there is no limit line, stop before entering the crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, stop before entering the intersection. You may turn right if there is no sign to prohibit the turn.
What states can you not make a right turn on red?
Yes, but with three notable exceptions.
- the traffic light has red right-turn arrow. However in Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming, this is allowed
- a No Turn On Red sign is posted.
- in New York City