New flashing turn lights have drivers perplexed

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Some drivers in Round Rock are concerned new traffic lights designed to prevent accidents could actually cause them instead. The flashing yellow arrow lights were installed more than a year ago on several major streets around the city.

“You don’t know if it’s whether to go, or not to go,” said Mari Antuna. “I know it’s yellow so you have to yield, but it’s better to have the green light so it’s more protected.”

Angela Tatum says she’s never sure whether to stop or go when she sees them.

“I don’t really know what to do,” Tatum said. “I just wait until I have a green light.”

Others think blinking yellow light means go.

“The cars in front of me going at the flashing yellow were treating it like a green light,” said Justin Luksha, “so it definitely could be an issue.”

Round Rock police say  the flashing yellow arrow is telling drivers to stop and yield and then proceed when it’s safe to turn. Texas Department of Transportation officials say once drivers get used to the new system, it will help reduce accidents.

“I just thought it was giving us an arrow, OK to turn left when there’s a caution light,” said Tamara Botello. “It is so confusing.”

The city’s police department says there are 12 blinking yellow light intersections currently, and they plan to install 13 more. The addition of blinking yellow lights at major intersections is all part of a new federal mandate intended to reduce accidents.

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