Is it not permissible to turn right from both right-turn lanes if the traffic is clear?
If it is, then you should get the word out to Gig Harbor residents. It’s quite frustrating being behind someone who’s waiting for the green light and traffic in the far right lane is whizzing by you making their free right turns. — Tom Gonzalez, Gig Harbor
Washington State Patrol trooper Guy Gill says you’ll find the traffic lights are red arrows at intersections like that. They apply to both lanes, he says.
“You can make a right turn from either right-turn-only lane unless it’s otherwise posted,” Gill said.
Here’s how RCW 46.61.055 (Traffic Control Signal Legend) puts it: “Vehicle operators facing a steady red arrow indication may, after stopping, proceed to make a right turn ... unless a sign posted by competent authority prohibits such movement.”