The City of Belmont is implementing a new traffic signal display to provide a safer, more efficient left turn. The flashing yellow arrow indication provides a more direct message than the traditional circular green indication for turns. It reduces confusion because the turn lane display is no longer the same indication as the adjacent through lanes.
What Is It?
It’s a new type of signal placed over the turn lane at a signalized intersection. A flashing yellow arrow means a vehicle can cautiously enter the intersection only to make the turn indicated by the arrow, but you must first YIELD to oncoming traffic and pedestrians then proceed with caution.
The new flashing yellow arrow indication provides a more direct message than the circular green for turn lanes. It reduces confusion since the turn lane display is no longer the same indication as what is displayed for the adjacent through lanes.
A national study conducted for the Federal Highway Administration demonstrated the new indication helps to prevent crashes, increases intersection capacity and provides additional traffic management flexibility for road agencies.
What should motorists do when approaching the flashing yellow arrow turn signal?
Drivers should yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. When it is safe, proceed with caution through the intersection.
After it flashes, the flashing yellow arrow then becomes a steady (non-flashing) yellow arrow or a green arrow. Drivers should treat the steady yellow arrow just like a standard yellow light - prepare to stop or safely clear the intersection before the red light appears.
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