PennDOT’s New Traffic Light: The Flashing Yellow Arrow

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This new traffic light is causing some major buzz with drivers.  In April 2016, PennDOT announced that they will slowly replace all of the five-section signals (pictured above) in Pennsylvania with the new Flashing Yellow Arrow (also pictured above).

flashing-yellow-arrowThe Flashing Yellow Arrow will be in between the Yellow Arrow and Green Arrow on a Left Turn Signal at an intersection.  In comparison to the Solid Yellow Arrow, which alerts drivers that are turning left to prepare to stop, the Flashing Yellow Arrow tells drivers turning left that they can turn left, but should yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Does it sound redundant? Maybe, but states (including Florida, Oregon and Minnesota) who have these see as much as a 20% reduction in left turn crashes after installing them.  They also improve efficiency by offering motorists more opportunities to make left turns.

Chester County is expected to have it’s first Flashing Yellow Arrow in the next two weeks at the Route 52 and Pocopson Road intersection.  We will announce more installations of the signals as they are announced.

For more information on the Flashing Yellow Arrow, visit PennDOT’s Traffic Signal Portal.

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