Flashing Yellow Arrows

A flashing yellow arrow signal means turns may proceed with caution after yielding to oncoming traffic. A flashing yellow arrow may apply to both left and right turn movements.

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Things to remember for left-turning motorists:

  1. Anytime a driver is facing a flashing yellow arrow, opposing traffic has a green signal indication.
  2. Yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians/bicyclists in the crosswalk to your left.
  3. New signal timings may include green arrow and flashing yellow arrow. Sometimes green arrow is before through traffic (“leading”) and sometimes green arrow is after through traffic (“lagging”). In some circumstances, motorists may only receive a flashing yellow arrow.
  4. Always, always focus on the signal directly in front of you… not the signals for other drivers.

Solid red arrow:

Drivers intending to turn left must stop and wait. They should not enter an intersection to turn when a solid red arrow is being displayed.

Solid yellow arrow:

The left-turn signal is about to change to red and drivers should prepare to stop or prepare to complete a left turn if they are legally within the intersection and there is no conflicting traffic present.

Flashing yellow arrow:

Drivers are allowed to turn left after yielding to all oncoming traffic and to any pedestrians in the crosswalk. Oncoming traffic has a green light. Drivers must wait for a safe gap in oncoming traffic before turning.

Solid green arrow:

Left turns have the right of way. Oncoming traffic and conflicting pedestrians have a red light.

Flashing Yellow Arrow Benefits

Use of the flashing yellow arrow has been shown to have several benefits including minimizing delays and enhancing safety by reducing driver errors. Flashing yellow arrow signals have been approved for widespread use by the Federal Highway Administration.


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