California Vehicle Code 21453

Do you need more information about California Vehicle Code Section 21453? Violation of Vehicle Code 21453 is a minor traffic offense. Traffic offense convictions can raise your insurance rate substantially and could eventually result in a loss of driving privileges. Contact our law firm to receive a free consultation and find out more about your pending offense.

California Vehicle Code 21453 outlines the law for turning at a stop sign or red light. It explains how:


  • Drivers must come to a halt at a stop sign or rail road crossing
  • The stop must be made before the signaled line and if none is provided, then not before entering the junction
  • Drivers may only turn when the signal is provided to do so
  • Unless there is no-turn on red posted, after coming to a halt as stated above, drivers can turn on a one way street when it is safe to do so
  • Pedestrians and oncoming cars have the right of way when there is a steady red signal facing the driver
  • The law also speaks to pedestrians, as they are prohibited from walking into a junction that signals a red sign



An dangerous turn or failure to come to a stop at a marked sign is considered a violation of VC 21453. It can be filed as an infraction, if ticket fees are not paid when due. The traffic ticket fine is $436.


Points: VC 21453 is a one-point tally violation


This code was last updated: January 1, 2002.


Potential Penalties and Fines

The California Department of motor vehicles has the right to cancel or suspend the driver’s license of someone who is in violation of Orange County vehicle codes. There are several vehicle codes, and each code has different fines associated to them. The California points system allows the department to track offenses of drivers, and those who accumulate a number of points within specified time frames run the risk of having their driver’s license suspended or revoked. Vehicle codes are created for the safety of drivers and the public.


If you are facing fines for violating VC 21453, speaking with a skilled traffic attorney may help you to avoid a conviction. Call 949-250-6097 and a MacGregor & Collins, LLP attorney will provide you with a free consultation to help get you on the right track.

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