Saturday, January 14, 2012

TN law to legalize right turns



NMA Tennessee Alert: Support Right-Turn-On-Red Bill

National Motorists Association

Dear Tennessee Member,

The NMA urges Tennessee members to support legislation that would allow right-turns-on-red at all intersections without coming to a full stop. Introduced by Rep. Ryan A. Haynes, House Bill 64 also has the support of Sen. Stacey Campfield.

The bill comes on the heels of legislation passed last year (Public Act 425) that essentially banned camera tickets for right-turn-on-red violations. Camera companies ATS and Reflex reacted quickly with lawsuits claiming the law infringes on their contracts with various Tennessee municipalities.

Camera vendors rely on right-turn-on red citations for the bulk of their revenues. HB 64 would make it more difficult to bring back right-on-red citations, further eroding company profits.

Studies have shown that right-turns-on-red have very little impact on driver safety, in contrast to red-light cameras, which invariably put revenue generation ahead of public safety. (Learn more about the problems with red-light cameras.)

Contact your House and Senate members and tell them to stand up for motorists’ rights in Tennessee by supporting HB 64.

John Bowman
National Motorists Association




HOUSE BILL 64

By Haynes

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 55, Chapter 8, relative to right turns on red signals.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-8-110(a)(3)(A), is amended by
deleting the language:

"A right turn on a red signal shall be permitted at all intersections within the state; provided, that the prospective turning car shall come to a full and complete stop before turning and that the turning car shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and cross traffic traveling in accordance with their traffic signal; provided, further, such turn will not endanger other traffic lawfully using the intersection."

and by substituting instead the following language:

"A right turn on a red signal shall be permitted at all intersections within the state; provided, that the prospective turning car shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and cross traffic traveling in accordance with their traffic signal; provided, further, the turn will not endanger other traffic lawfully using the intersection."

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011, the public welfare requiring it.

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