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Despite the benefits that right turns on red offer to improve traffic, a pilot program could soon be implemented that would ban right turns on red at several intersections in West Hollywood.

When a car collides with a bicycle or a pedestrian, occupants of the car are rarely injured. Bicycle riders and pedestrians, on the other hand, typically suffer serious — and sometimes fatal — injuries.

Most cities want to encourage bicycle riding to ease traffic congestion and to reduce wear on roads. However, cyclists are urging for better and safer conditions.

Half of all bicycle and pedestrian accidents take place in intersections. Thus, it is not surprising that in 2022, 159 pedestrians and 26 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Los Angeles.

Undoubtedly, such measures are aimed at protecting pedestrians and bicyclists from distracted drivers who make right turns on red with minimal precautions.

Hopefully, the adoption of this plan and the reduction in the number of accidents at intersections, particularly those involving pedestrians and bicyclists, could establish solid and definitive criteria for considering a permanent program throughout Los Angeles, CA.

So for now, drivers and residents of West Hollywood get ready to see more "No Right Turn On Red" signs.

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