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City council proposes 'No Turn on Red' laws in downtown Indianapolis

Posted at 10:39 PM, Apr 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-03 22:39:51-04

INDIANAPOLIS — On Monday, City Council members proposed "No Turn on Red" legislation that would restrict drivers from turning right at red lights in downtown Indianapolis in an effort to improve pedestrian safety.

“As downtown continues to grow, it's critically important to ensure connectivity, accessibility, and safety for all," said Council President Vop Osili. "'No turn on red' restrictions are the most straightforward way to avoid entirely preventable accidents."

According to a study that looked at a five-year history of pedestrian-related crashes in the downtown area, 56.7% of crashes were a result of drivers failing to yield to pedestrians at a red light.

“As the Crossroads of America, Indianapolis recognizes the importance of mobility, but we must be equal champions for safety,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said. “I’m proud to support the Council’s leadership on this effort to strike a better balance between the two, while joining ongoing efforts that make our streets safer.”

According to their proposals, No Turn on Red will focus on signalized intersections downtown, including:

  • 11th Street/Oscar Robertson Boulevard/10th Street
  • White River Parkway West Drive
  • Interstate I-70
  • and Interstate I-65, except state highways.

Following today's meeting, the proposals will then be heard at the Public Works Committee meeting on Thursday, April 13. If the proposals pass the committee, a final vote will take place on Monday, May 8.