As a public service, the personal injury lawyers at Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C., want to share important travel and safety information about traffic signals in Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
PennDOT is implementing a new type of traffic signal to provide a safer, more efficient left turn for motorists. The flashing yellow arrow indication is a new type of display that will replace the circular green indication for left turns at signalized intersections. The signal is more intuitive to motorists and, according to national data, can reduce left-turn crashes by as much as 20 percent!
The flashing yellow arrow is a new type of signal placed over the left turn lane at a signalized intersection. A flashing yellow arrow means YIELD to oncoming traffic and pedestrians and then proceed with caution. This indication replaces the common circular green indication for left turns.
According to PennDOT, the benefits of a flashing yellow arrow are as follows:
- More intuitive to motorists.
- According to national data, can reduce left-turn crashes as much as 20%.
- Keeps traffic moving by offering motorists more opportunities to make left turns.
- Consistency with other states adopting the signal.
Coming to an Intersection Near You
- First deployment in Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County.
- PennDOT will monitor and adjust deployment tactics followed by widespread deployment for new and modified signalized intersections.
If you are looking for more information on the arrival of flashing yellow arrow to Pennsylvania, please visit PennDOT’s Traffic Signal Portal’s Flashing Yellow Arrow page for graphics, a video and other resources.
The attorneys at Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C., are concerned for the safety of motor vehicle drivers and passengers in Berks County and Schuylkill County and serve accident victims and their families in Reading, PA, Pottsville, PA, and throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania.
From the desk of Adam K. Levin, Esquire.