Motorists have mistaken the flashing yellow left-turn light to mean the light is about to turn red, according to Will Lockett, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation.
“Some people think that when they see the flashing yellow arrow that they have to hurry up and make their left turn,” Lockett said.
“Unfortunately, they are turning in front of oncoming traffic. The flashing yellow arrow means you can turn left, but only if there is no oncoming traffic.”
The red arrow means motorists must stop and not make a left turn. The solid yellow arrow means the left-turn signal is about to turn red and motorists should prepare to stop as oncoming traffic may have a green light.
The green arrow means it is safe to make a left turn as oncoming traffic has a red light.
The new signals were installed as part of TxDOT’s $3 million project that began in January.
Signals with the flashing yellow arrow have also been installed on U.S. Highway 181 between Karnes City and Kenedy and on State Highway 44 in Alice.