The flashing yellow arrow is a method of intersection improvement that can enhance safety and traffic flow. Flashing yellow arrows replace the traditional green ball when turning left, giving drivers more opportunities to turn left and traffic engineers more options to keep traffic moving at different times of the day. The flashing yellow arrow has been proven to reduce left-turn crashes and minimize travel delays by providing more turning opportunities.
How the flashing yellow arrow works
The yellow flashing arrow is implemented on signals for left-hand movements. It indicates that traffic may turn left only when there is no oncoming traffic and crosswalks are clear of pedestrians and bicyclists. When the yellow arrow turns solid, vehicles should prepare to stop and not proceed into the intersection to turn left.
When turning left on a flashing yellow arrow, remember...
1. Pay attention!
2. Remember – The flashing yellow arrow will be used depending on time of day and traffic conditions.
3. Opposing traffic has a green signal and the right of way.
4. Yield to oncoming traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists in the crosswalk to your left.
5. Always watch the signal for your turn lane, not the signals or traffic in other lanes.
6. Some intersections do not have turn arrows, based on traffic needs.