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City responds to flashing yellow arrow confusion

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Since roughly half of the people that took our poll on KLTV.COM admitted to being confused by the flashing yellow lights, we wanted to see what people think they're supposed to do at those intersections.

In a standard traffic light, red, yellow, and green lights all have specific commands.

Here are just a couple responses we got today:

"If I'm going through a light, and it's yellow, than that means to me that I'm prepared to stop."

"Slow down for one thing, and stop actually, stop."

"They mean caution, stop really."

"It's not clear, I mean it's a judgement call and so when your going and they're going, it's hard to know who's the right away if your not paying that much attention."

"At least green means go, red means go, yellow...people can do whatever they want to."

"It's a little bit confusing and I guess it causes you to pause you know, to slow down and see what's going on."

"To yield whenever the light is green."

"My husband said Houston had something similar they did a huge campaign to let the public know what they meant, but here they just kind of showed up."

Most of the people interviewed today expressed concern about why the lights changed in the first place, and some want to see better directions on how to use them correctly.

Throughout the past couple of days, KLTV 7, the city of Tyler, and Tyler Police began a conversation about getting about getting a new driver-education ball rolling in the city and throughout East Texas. 

Earlier this week, we came across a public service announcement released by the Michigan Department of Transportation. Video of flashing yellow arrow left-turn signal lights fill the PSA, as a narrator explains what drivers should expect and how they should safely travel through the intersections.

We asked Peter Eng, Tyler's traffic engineer, if the city of Tyler would consider releasing a similar PSA. His response: "We would love for that to happen."

Eng said the city cannot continue to use outdated traffic technology to combat it's congestion issues, but the goal of every traffic engineer should be efficiency and safety.

"It's not only for Tylerites, but for the scores--the thousands of people that come into the city each and every day," said Pat Stacey, general manager of  KLTV. "We've got to educate people."

Stacey said he's excited about the potential partnership.

"Anytime you have traffic laws that change, it takes a while to adapt," said Stacey. "I think at some point in the future, they'll be second nature, but we're not there yet."

The first meeting among city officials and KLTV station managers is being scheduled for next week.

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