MOTORISTS CAN EXPECT TO SEE MORE NEWLY DESIGNED LEFT-TURN TRAFFIC SIGNALS ACROSS THE STATE Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Signal helping reduce accidents

 

RALEIGH- More and more newly designed left-turn traffic signals are being installed at intersections across North Carolina. These new signals are designed to make it easier for drivers to know what to do when making a left turn and are taking the place of the traditional signals.

 

This new style of signal slightly varies from the typical green arrow and green circular light, which indicate protected and permitted left turns. Instead, there is a flashing yellow arrow between the solid green and solid yellow arrows on the signal. When the flashing yellow arrow is displayed left turns are permitted, meaning drivers must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before turning. A photo is attached.

 

The N.C. Department of Transportation has installed more than 380 of these types of signals across the state since 2005. Thirty-nine sites have been studied where the new left turn signals have been installed, and there has been a 37 percent decrease in accidents involving left turns at these sites.

 

NCDOT first installed this type of signal in February 2005 at the employee/visitor entrance to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. It was part of a national study sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration to improve driver understanding of left-turn traffic signal displays and to reduce accidents at signalized intersections.


New Left-Turn Traffic Signals Attachment

 

Drivers are encouraged to provide feedback on the new style left-turn traffic signals. Comments may be provided to Greg A. Fuller, P.E. at (919) 661-5800 or gfuller@ncdot.gov. 

 

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