Flashing Yellow Turn Signals Helping Traffic

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

BOWLING GREEN, Ky --It's no secret during rush hour, some intersections in Bowling Green can seem congested, but the yellow flashing turn signals that are becoming more and more common may help.

One cashier at a Minit Mart on Campbell Lane near Smallhouse Rd. says heavy traffic is something she sees at work everyday.

"There's also alot of traffic backup between the two major intersections here. It backs up to where I can't even get out of the parking lot," said driver and Minit Mart cashier Erin Haley.

Flashing yellow lights have been around for several years now, but it seems there are more of them popping up all the time.

"Our hope is to at some point to have flashing turn lights at most of our intersections where you can turn left on a permitted light," said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Dept. of Highways District 3 Public Information Officer Wes Watt.

The reason they want more is because they can help will all that traffic Haley was talking about.

"On certain roads, they're perfectly fine. If there's no traffic, go on and go, but when the traffic gets heavy and there's yellow lights just like this and you can't see if the traffic or if traffic is coming, then they're not very good," said Haley.

Haley says as a driver, sometimes she still doesn't feel comfortable turning left.

"I notice the traffic is really backed up, and there's just a straight yellow light, and it takes forever and sometimes you can turn, and sometimes it's kinda dangerous to turn," said Haley.

"In high accident areas and high speed areas, we will not allow folks to turn left at certain intersections because of the danger and the accident probability," said Watt.

Still, the busiest of intersections like many on Campbell Ln. don't have these lights.

"Any dual turning lanes will always be what we call protected, which means you can only turn on the green," said Watt.

Watt says those lanes will always be protected because it's too dangerous to have to lanes turning on a yellow flashing light. Watt says intersections with a single turning lane must pass the test of speed, traffic volume and accident rate before they get a flashing yellow signal.

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