Failure to Yield at an Intersection

A driver who approaches an intersection must yield the right of way to a vehicle that has already entered the intersection. When two vehicles enter an intersection at the same time, then the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.

A driver at an intersection intending to make a left turn must yield to vehicles approaching from the opposite direction that are so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. When the driver has so yielded, he or she may make the turn. Other vehicles that approach the intersection must also yield to that vehicle. The fines are $202. Moreover, two points are assessed.

Stopping Regulation

Signs, signals, and traffic rules indicate when a motorist should stop. Never attempt to beat a traffic light change. Even if the light is changing to green, exercise caution. There may be one or more vehicles driving through the intersection. Accidents at traffic signals often happen shortly after the signal has changes.

When a yellow light follows a green light, prepare to stop. Only continue through an intersection where the light is changing from green to yellow if already in intersection.

When a Motorist Must Stop

  • At an intersection with a stop sign.
  • At an intersection with a red light, flashing or otherwise.
  • When a traffic officer orders the motorist to stop.
  • When a school bus is picking up or letting off children and/or red lights are flashing.
  • When coming from an alley, private driveway or building.
  • At a bridge span which is about to ope for boat traffic.
  • For a blind pedestrian using a white or metallic-colored walking case, or trained guide dog, or guide dog instructor engaged in instructing a guide dog.
  • For a pedestrian in a crosswalk or at an intersection.