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Stop On Yellow? That’s What The Law Says

The one universally known rule of the road: red means stop. Except in New Jersey.

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A look at Chapter 4 of the drivers test manual issued by the Motor Vehicle Commission to new drivers shows that in addition to stopping on the red,  drivers should stop on yellow.

A motorist must stop:

  • At an intersection with a stop sign
  • At an intersection with a red light either flashing or illuminated
  • At an intersection with a yellow light after a green, unless too close to stop safely
  • When a traffic officer orders the vehicle to stop
  • When there is a yield sign, and traffic does not permit a safe merge
  • When a school bus is picking up or letting off children and/or the red lights are flashing
  • When coming from an alley, private driveway or building
  • At a bridge span that is about to open for boat traffic
  • For a blind pedestrian using a white or metallic walking cane, or a trained guide dog, or a guide dog instructor engaged in instructing a guide dog
  • For a pedestrian in a crosswalk or at an intersection
  • For a motorized wheelchair or mobility-assistance device in a crosswalk or at an intersection

 

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