The parking lot of a busy shopping center in Mays Landing seems to confuse many drivers, so let's set the record straight.

If you are leaving the Festival at Hamilton on the Black Horse Pike (where Acme, Skechers, and Homegoods are), you can turn right on red by PNC Bank.

I mention this seemingly trivial traffic issue because many people see the light when it's red and they don't move.

There's no "no turn on red" sign there -- if traffic allows for it and there are no pedestrians, you can turn right on red and go on with your day.

Festival at Hamilton shopping center in Mays Landing NJ - Photo: Google Maps
Festival at Hamilton shopping center in Mays Landing NJ - Photo: Google Maps

The nine drivers that are behind you, many honking their horns, will thank you.

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To confirm this, let's take a look at the New Jersey MVC's driver's manual (which, by the way, is 244 pages long -- perhaps picking it up the next time you can't sleep could cure your insomnia).

We'll skip down to page 74 where it says,

Unless a No Turn on Red sign is posted, New Jersey law authorizes a right turn on a red light after a motorist comes to a full stop and checks for traffic. A motorist must yield to all oncoming traffic and pedestrians before turning right at a red light. Difficult-to-see vehicles, such as bicycles and mopeds, may have a green light, so it is important for a motorist to be aware of their presence. (N.J.S.A. 39:4-115)

So why is there a traffic light there in the first place?

I'm not a traffic engineer, but I would assume since the other three sides of the intersection have signals, this one should have one, too. And maybe it's because there's a crosswalk there? I'm really just guessing. I suppose a yield sign would have the exact same results -- but, again, I don't plan intersections and red lights for a living.

Happy motoring, South Jersey. Now get going.

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