What is Virginia's "Right Turn on Red" Law?

One of our PHOTOSafe Program's public safety and awareness goals is to remind drivers of Virginia's right turn on red law. It is important for drivers to understand that Chesapeake automated enforcement systems do monitor and will capture violations in the right turn lanes at our photo enforced intersections. Virginia's right turn on red law is the following:

  • Virginia State Code Section 46.2-835. Right turn on steady red light after stopping, states…
  • "Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 46.2-833, except where signs are placed prohibiting turns on steady red, vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal, after coming to a full stop, may cautiously enter the intersection and make a right turn.
  • Such turning traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic using the intersection."

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1. Why do we need this?
2. How does it work?
3. How many intersections will be monitored?
4. Do red light running cameras really reduce crashes at intersections?
5. Do cameras photograph every vehicle passing through an intersection?
6. What kind of violation will be issued and what would the penalty be?
7. How will I know which intersections have red light cameras?
8. How is the timing interval determined between the red, yellow and green traffic lights at an intersection?
9. Isn't the main purpose of red light cameras to make money?
10. Does the system enforce running right turns on red?
11. What happens if my vehicle is caught running a red light?
12. How do I review the violation and pay the penalty?
13. Does the City of Chesapeake have a local ordinance as required by Virginia State Code 15.2-968.1?
14. Why did the City of Chesapeake give drivers a 30-day red light running warning period at the location where a camera system is activated?
15. What happens if an officer issues a summons to the driver of a vehicle and the red light camera also captures the vehicle during the red light running violation?
16. What happens when the camera captures a Chesapeake city vehicle?
17. What happens when the camera captures a commercial motor vehicle or a vehicle that is owned by a company or state or local agency that has a fleet of vehicles?
18. What if I still have additional questions?
19. What is Virginia's "Right Turn on Red" Law?
20. What is the criteria for choosing intersections for photo enforcement?
21. What is the process for the violation enforcement?
22. What is the process for viewing the violation?
23. What is the Penalty?
24. How Can I Learn More?