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Settling flashing yellow light debate
by Ruben San Miguel & Tami Troell
Sep 01, 2014 | 671 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
First of all, thank you to everyone at the Goliad Community Pep Rally who stopped by our booth. We enjoyed meeting and visiting with each of you. Congratulations to Nicole Cromey for winning the Goliad Tiger spirit items at the booth. We know that you will wear them with pride!

Several people commented on this weekly article saying how informative they are. We are glad to provide the service to the community and hope that each of our readers has enhanced his/her traffic knowledge as a result of the articles. One of the visitors to our booth asked a question, which usually comes up during the course of a driver’s education class, regarding the proper vehicle operation at a flashing yellow arrow.

The information about to be presented has actually already been covered previously by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT). However, there still seems to be some confusion regarding the new light systems located at both the Pearl/59-Jefferson/183 and Pearl/59-Commercial Street lights.

While most drivers have adjusted to the flashing yellow left-turn arrow, there are still many who do not understand the rules for these lights. We have heard of family arguments where a parent has one opinion and his/her student driver has different information after learning about this in class, so to help keep peace in your household, here is the information, again.

What the Arrows Mean

Steady red arrow = stop. No left turns allowed.

Steady yellow arrow = prepare to stop.

Flashing yellow arrow = left turns allowed, but must yield to oncoming traffic.

Steady green arrow = left turns allowed and protected.

Make no mistake in thinking that the left turn is any less dangerous; remember that you are crossing the lane(s) of oncoming traffic. This new signal simply gives you more opportunity to make those left turns than with previous “left turn yield on green” signals.

For instance, through traffic may be waiting at a red light and, in the past, a left-turning vehicle either also had a red light or it had a protected green arrow. Once the through traffic received a green light, the turn lane usually also had a green light allowing them to proceed when safe to do so.

With the implementation of the flashing yellow arrow, the through traffic may have a red light, but the turn lane now has a flashing yellow arrow which allows the left turning vehicle to proceed when it is safe to do so.

If you have a question about traffic laws, you can submit them to ruben.sanmiguel@dps.texas.gov, happytroells@yahoo.com or www.facebook.com/happytroells.
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