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Q: When there are two right-turn lanes, is it legal to turn right on red from the second (left-hand) turn lane? Many drivers in our area need to know this as we have many intersections with two turn lanes.
— Ginny Halterman, Bonita Springs and Coal City, Ill.
A: Although signage in the area isn't consistent, whether turns are prohibited depends on signs or lights at each location.
"Where there are two lanes turning right, a motorist may turn right from either lane so long as it is not restricted by a traffic control sign — for example, 'No right turn from this lane'," said Karie Partington, a spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
Area intersections where two right-turn lanes exist seem to be clearly marked with signs attached to or near the traffic lights. Either red or green arrow lights are used, or variations of "No Turn on Red" signs are posted.
The intersection where Collier Boulevard meets Immokalee Road is an example where right turns on red aren't permitted from the second, outside turn lane. While the inside turn lane features only a red ball stoplight, which permits right turns on red unless posted otherwise, the other turn lane has a red arrow light next to a sign reading, "No Turn on Red This Lane."
Other local intersections where right turns on red aren't permitted from the outside lane include Santa Barbara and Davis boulevards, and where eastbound Golden Gate Parkway meets Airport-Pulling Road.
According to Section 316.075 of Florida Statutes, a driver may make a right turn on red only after coming to a full stop after yielding to pedestrians and other road users unless there is a "No Turn On Red" sign posted. This law applies to all steady red signals — red arrows and red ball traffic lights. It is illegal to turn right on a red arrow in some states, but not Florida, as long as a sign doesn't otherwise prohibit it.
Q: The posters you offer for donation to Newspaper in Education have previously run in the Naples Daily News. The one on "The Lizards of Southwest Florida," which ran Sept. 15, 2007, is not among the posters offered. Why the omission?
— B.C., Naples
A: The unintentional omission was simply an oversight. Thanks to your question bringing it to light, "The Lizards of Southwest Florida" poster has been added to the lineup and is now available to the public.
The Lizards of Southwest Florida is one of the newspaper's visual guides to the region's natural resources. The new poster features 10 varieties of local lizards, including geckos, anoles, iguanas and even a Nile monitor. The local information was compiled by Jerome A. Jackson, a professor of ecological sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero.
The posters, available for a requested donation of $5 each, benefit local children through the NDN-sponsored Newspaper in Education, or NIE, program, which provides newspapers, lessons, online activities and links for Southwest Florida classrooms and homes. All 14 local nature posters are available in the lobbies of the Daily News offices in North Naples, Bonita Springs and Marco Island, and can be ordered via phone at (239) 262-3161 or online at http://web.naplesnews.com/NIE/fundraising09.html.
"Covering everything from local saltwater fish species to woodpeckers, frogs, water birds, seashells and more, they've served as helpful teaching aids for area schoolchildren," Daily News Senior Managing Editor Eric Strachan said.
Other fully illustrated posters spotlight native species of butterflies, freshwater fish, alligators, turtles, crustaceans, owls, raptors and snakes.
"The nature series started as covers in our Neapolitan section about six years ago and they were so popular with readers we decided to make a poster series out of them," Strachan said. "Our features editor at the time, Kevin Hellyer, started the series, and the design of the pages came to life with the skill of page designer Kate Palazzi, who did a fantastic job pulling the content together, laying out the pages, and then reworking them a bit to turn them into posters."
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