I was taught, many many years ago, that if you are trying to turn left at a stop light, you can position yourself in the intersection (as long as the light is green) until it's clear to turn. If you are caught in the middle when the light turns yellow or red, it is still your right to turn after yielding to on coming traffic.
I am now told, that you can't even enter the intersection when the light is green, unless you can complete your turn.
Apparently my small town's police have an issue with how I was taught
how do you guys do it?