2018 Mississippi Code
Title 63 - Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations
Chapter 3 - Traffic Regulations and Rules of the Road
Article 7 - Traffic Signs, Signals and Markings.
§ 63-3-309. Traffic-control signal colors and rules.

Universal Citation: MS Code § 63-3-309 (2018)
  • Whenever traffic is controlled by traffic-control signals exhibiting the words “Go,” “Caution,” or “Stop,” or exhibiting different colored lights successively one (1) at a time, only the following colors shall be used and said terms and lights shall indicate as follows:
  • (1) Green alone or “Go.”

    • (a) Vehicular traffic facing the signal may proceed straight through or turn right or left unless a sign at such place prohibits either such turn. However, vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and to pedestrians lawfully within the intersection at the time such signal is exhibited.

    • (b) Pedestrians facing the signal may proceed across the roadway within any marked or unmarked crosswalk.

  • (2) Yellow alone or “Caution” when shown following the green or “Go” signal.

    • (a) Vehicular traffic facing the signal shall stop before entering the nearest crosswalk at the intersection, but if such stop cannot be made in safety a vehicle may be driven cautiously through the intersection.

    • (b) Pedestrians facing such signal are thereby advised that there is insufficient time to cross the roadway, and any pedestrian then starting to cross shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles.

  • (3) Red alone or “Stop.”

    • (a) Vehicular traffic facing the signal shall stop before entering the nearest crosswalk at an intersection or at such other point as may be indicated by a clearly visible line and shall remain standing until green or “Go” is shown alone, except as provided in (b) and (c) of this paragraph (3);

    • (b) Vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal may cautiously enter the intersection to turn right after stopping as required by paragraph (3)(a), unless a sign stating “No Turn On Red” is in place prohibiting such a turn. Such vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other vehicular traffic lawfully using the intersection.

    • (c) Vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal at the intersection of two (2) one-way streets may cautiously enter the intersection to turn left in the direction designated for one-way traffic, after stopping as required by paragraph (3)(a), unless a sign stating “No Turn On Red” is in place prohibiting such a turn. Such vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within an adjacent crosswalk and to other vehicular traffic lawfully using the intersection.

    • (d) No pedestrian facing such signal shall enter the roadway unless he can do so safely and without interfering with any vehicular traffic.

  • (4) Red with green arrow.

    • (a) Vehicular traffic facing such signal may cautiously enter the intersection only to make movement indicated by such arrow but shall not interfere with other traffic or endanger pedestrians lawfully within a crosswalk.

    • (b) No pedestrian facing such signal shall enter the roadway unless he can do so safely and without interfering with any vehicular traffic.

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