Flashing yellow arrow is new for motorists
ANN MARIE AMES
February 13, 2012
How does it work? The flashing yellow arrow is meant to remind drivers to use caution and to yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic while turning left. Before the flashing yellow arrow, drivers had to remember to yield while turning left at a round, green light or a green arrow.
The other arrows on the dedicated left-turn lanes work as one would expect. Red means drivers turning left should stop, solid yellow means they should slow to stop if they can, and solid green means the left-turning drivers have the right-of-way.
Why are they adding the flashing yellow arrow? The Federal Highway Administration conducted a decade-long study that said drivers had fewer crashes when they followed the flashing yellow light, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation literature. The arrows are more efficient because they provide more options for directing traffic, according to the literature.
Where can I learn more? Visit dot.state.wi.us. Click on the “travel information” link on the top of the home page. View a brochure or an animated demonstration of the left-turn arrow signals.