Here’s When and Where You Can Turn Left on Red in Kentucky
I can't remember how long it's been since we've been able to turn right on red in Kentucky. That law was passed long before I started driving.
And, yes, there are likely many of you who may not realize that we couldn't ALWAYS do that. And if you had asked my grandfather back in the day, he would've told you you can't do it at all. Yes, what was once frustrating for me is now a source of amusement.
I don't know how many times I'd be riding with him and we'd be at a red light preparing to turn right and he would just sit there. I'd quietly remind him you can turn right on red and he'd just shake his head.
I have no idea why he didn't believe that statute existed, but he didn't.
Consequently, there would have been no point in mentioning the fact that, in Kentucky, you can also turn LEFT on red under one very important circumstance--you have to be turning from a one-way street onto another one-way street.
And because that particular opportunity does not present itself very often in Owensboro, I can understand why I have sat still in traffic behind certain motorists who could have turned left on red.
Now, with that reminder firmly in place, let's take a look at WHERE you can do that.
After perusing a list of one-way streets in Owensboro, one jumped out me above the rest. That would be the intersection of Breckenridge Street and 2nd Street. It's the one I've encountered most often since I've been driving. It likely IS the busiest intersection of this type.
But that isn't the only such occurrence in Owensboro. You can make the legal maneuver at 4th and St. Ann Streets, St. Ann and 2nd Streets, 4th and Breckenridge Streets , and 5th and Triplett Streets,
And, of course, there are multiple intersections in Owensboro with posted signs that tell drivers turning RIGHT on red isn't allowed. I'm not exactly sure why, but it's the law and I obey it.
Refresher course concluded.
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