New East Texas Traffic Light Is Causing Some Confusion

A new traffic light in Tyler is causing some confusion, but may actually be keeping you safer.  Last week, the city installed a Flashing Yellow Arrow signal for left hand turns at the intersection of South Broadway and Donneybrook.  The reason, the city says is to improve traffic flow and safety.  According to the Texas Transportation Institute, drivers are more likely to make a mistake when deciding to turn on the traditional green ball, rather than a yellow flashing light.  Still, some East Texas drivers say it's just plain confusing.

"I think a lot of people are filling back into the straight through lane because they are afraid of that left turn lane," said Flint resident Mary Jo Zurn.  "They don't know what to do."

"We feel it will improve traffic flow through this intersection by improving the number of left turn movements," said City Of Tyler Development Services Engineer Michael Wilson.  "If we see positive results at this intersection, we hope to implement it at other intersections in the future."  When turning left, remember the red ball means stop.  A solid yellow arrow is like any yellow light meaning prepare to stop.   Again, if the yellow arrow is flashing, you are permitted to turn left, but remember to yield because oncoming traffic has a green light, and, of course, a green arrow means it's safe to turn left.

Molly Reuter, Reporting.