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Should you go through a yellow light?

Everyone has come upon a yellow traffic light and had to make the decision of whether to stop or go through. This is one of the most fundamental skills when it comes to driving. It is one of those instant decisions that you make on the fly while driving. It also could be a potential for an accident or a traffic ticket. According to The Bellingham Herald, Washington state law is lenient when it comes to a yellow light.

The law does not require that you stop when a light turns yellow. This is considered a permissive yellow law. That simply means that you are able to proceed through the intersection when the light is yellow. Some states have a restrictive yellow law, which means it is illegal to enter the intersection on a yellow light.

So, basically, you can go through a yellow light if you want to, but it is still suggested that you only do so if you cannot stop safely and can make it through the intersection before the light turns red. If you are in the intersection when the light changes, you do face the potential for a ticket for running the red light. However, if you cannot stop due to traffic behind you, it may be safer to go through the light because of the risk of a rear-end collision.

Do note that it is against the law to speed up when going through an intersection. Often what happens is you see the light turn yellow, so you speed up to make sure you get through before the light turns red. This is against the law and could earn you a ticket. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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