Roswell to Get First Flashing Yellow Arrow

Jan 13, 2014 Full story: Patch.com

The Georgia Department of Transportation this week will be installing the first flashing yellow arrow signal in the city of Roswell.

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JHV

Roswell, GA

#1 Jan 15, 2014
Why? Why are they dumbing down traffic signals by making them more complicated. They will put up a flashing yellow arrow and a sign explaining it. But it means nothing more than a green ball in a turn lane.

It is the same as the red arrow. It is not needed. A red ball means you cannot go - thats it. How does a red arrow mean more than that?

Is thinking just a lost art?
midimagic

Columbus, IN

#2 Mar 14, 2014
They are not dumbing down traffic signals. It means nothing more than a green ball in a turn lane to the left turning driver. But it has a totally different meaning for drivers who are NOT turning left.

The flashing yellow arrow can be shown while the straight-ahead signals are red. The circular green obviously can not.

The flashing yellow arrow prevents a hazard called yellow trap. Google it. It also allows more efficient signal sequences that can't be used if left turns are allowed

The red arrow is needed to stop a turning movement while the straight ahead is green. It also prohibits turns on red. The circular red does not.

Is thinking just a lost art?
midimagic

Columbus, IN

#3 Mar 14, 2014
The ad on the page cut off my sentence. It should read:

It also allows more efficient signal sequences that can't be used if left turns are allowed on circular green.

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