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Old 04-18-2009, 09:39 PM
 
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I saw the flashing yellow turn lights a few months ago, and couldn't figure out for the life of me what I was supposed to do. ::smack forehead:: After a few seconds, it did turn green arrow, but the flashing yellow arrow I had never seen before! Now I'm used to it, but the first time seeing that I was thinking "HUH???"
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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So basically the turning left on the flashing yellow arrow is the same as turning left on a regular green light?

If that's the case, why do we need the flashing yellow arrow?
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:08 PM
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So basically the turning left on the flashing yellow arrow is the same as turning left on a regular green light?

If that's the case, why do we need the flashing yellow arrow?
According to Click and Clack, it has something to do with a lag or gap or something...and the sequence of how lights change and the fact that the "other" light can turn red but not your arrow...
Car Talk - Flashing yellow arrows
I dunno. It all makes my head hurt.
Where are those lights ya'll have seen so I can avoid 'em!!
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:30 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Did the traffic department make an annoucement on this? They should; some folks such as myself are clueless when we first saw it.
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Good way to cause even more accidents that are already predominant in this area.

I'm not bitter at all
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Old 04-18-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Did the traffic department make an annoucement on this? They should; some folks such as myself are clueless when we first saw it.
They did, this was in the paper/on the news a few months ago that they were going to conduct some trial intersections. It appears it has expanded since this trial. Apparently it is safer somehow too.....
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I :heart: those things. Because I spend so much time sitting in front of a red turn arrow. No traffic commg clear across to the horizon. I can take a safe left turn, bit no! The man thinks they're smarter than everyone and put a red turn arrow there so you have to waste your time sitting around until the next light cycle for the arrow to turn green, if it even bothers to turn green at all.

I'm all for the flashing yellow arrow.
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I still do not get why they don't just use a solid green light. That means unprotected left turn...

Anyway, I did see a few of these in Dallas last month, they had signs that indicated what the blinking yellow meant...I think it read:

"Unprotected left turn on blinking yellow arrow"

Genius...
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I still do not get why they don't just use a solid green light. That means unprotected left turn...
It's my opinion that they've decided to try to dumb down traffic signals. Knowing you can turn left on a solid green light takes some level of common sense, and common sense is sorely lacking most of the time.

I'm with you, though - they should just continue to use the solid green light for the unprotected left and a green arrow for a protected left.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I'm familiar with these (and yellow before the light turns green on a regular light) from my travels in Europe. My wife (she's English) was amazed that we didn't use them here in America when she first moved here. I think its a matter of getting used to them. I've seen the ones on Wurzbach and even though I knew what their purpose was, I was still a little thrown off at first. I guess only time will tell how the general public gets used to them and adapts.
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