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New Flashing Yellow Signals Start Today

When it comes to left turns, green usually means go – except when it doesn’t.

Drivers at two intersections in the city of Las Vegas will notice a change when they enter the left turn lane at the intersections of Alta and Town Center drives, and Smoke Ranch and Decatur avenues starting today. Instead of the green ball indicating the driver must yield to oncoming traffic, a new flashing yellow arrow turn signal will be in effect.

The two intersections are part of a pilot program by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), the Nevada Department of Transportation and the various government agencies in the valley to replace existing left-turn signals with new flashing yellow arrow left-turn signals at selected intersections to make it safer for drivers and pedestrians.

A flashing yellow arrow means a vehicle is allowed to cautiously enter the intersection only to make the turn indicated by the arrow, but the driver must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians, then proceed with caution.

A national study showed that drivers had fewer crashes with the flashing yellow left-turn arrow than with the traditional green ball, indicating a yielding left-turn.

The pilot program intersections in the city of Las Vegas will be monitored by staff for at least six months before the remaining signals are changed over to the flashing yellow left-turn signals.

Drivers are urged to proceed with caution as they familiarize themselves with the intersections.