If there is a green left-turn light but no green arrow, is it necessary to come to a complete stop before moving out into the intersection?

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It is not necessary to stop; but your question does not make much sense. So let's clear up the "misunderstood's" that you have picked up around here. You asked:
"If there is a 'green left-turn' light but no green arrow, is it necessary to come to a complete stop before moving out into the intersection?" Let us step your way through this.
You are approaching or have entered an intersection with a center-positioned signal showing Green; just plain ol green (not amber or red) which is not particularly left or any direction over any other direction, below which is an (un-illuminated) green arrow not showing green (but amber, red, or nothing.) First, your green left turn but no arrow light. That is not a left turn light but just a plain ol' green light telling you to proceed ahead straight safely because any traffic that might interfere with your doing so is facing a red light…except traffic approaching you which has green just like you, so that you will pass by each other safely….but, if either of you decide to turn left you will not be protected and the left turner must pause and yield to the straight approaching vehicle, or wait for other sign, such as eye contact in order to determine it safe to proceed. Now, about that arrow that just might turn green from another, prohibit color or no color at all. The Green arrow–should it be illuminated green–tells you that any traffic that might interfere with your making the left turn (without hesitating) is facing a red light that prevents them from moving into your left turn path. So, in either instance, do not confuse the issue for yourself or others by hesitating out of undue caution. All you need to consider is that if the arrow is not illuminated (permitting or prohibiting motion) then it is as if it were not even here at all and can be ignored in favor of the all permissible directions (that means straight ahead or left-turn) green light. Read only what the lights tell you and just be alert for others who are not where they should be.
The only rule about entering an intersection is a rule of the road used by skilled drives but largely disregarded by most drivers. That is that when entering an intersection a driver will see and be aware of all other vehicles that are entering or might enter the intersection…never enter an intersection blindly…which is the main cause of collisions in intersections. Good drivers never get blindsided in any intersection.
Abraham:
It's an easy way to get into a collision by stopping on a green.
Parsons:
It's an easy way to get into a collision by stopping on a green.
Berry:
It's an easy way to get into a collision by stopping on a green.
Dimo J:
It's an easy way to get into a collision by stopping on a green.
oklatom:
Enter the intersection if and only if the way is clear to complete your turn. If it isn't clear, stop.
Danton J. A.:
One must yield to the car coming from the opposite direction, so yes.
MsBittner:
No. Green means you can proceed if the way is clear.
sykes:
No
StephenWeinstein:
No

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