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Flashing Yellow Arrow for Left Turns
The City of Rio Rancho is implementing the use of flashing yellow arrow signal indications for left-turn movements where appropriate. The flashing yellow arrow is a new National Standard as adopted by the Federal Highway Administration. The change comes as a result of the successful operation of the signal over the past several years in locations across the United States. A nationwide study demonstrated the signal prevented crashes, moved more traffic through an intersection, and provided additional traffic management flexibility.

The flashing yellow arrow for left turns is part of a four-arrow signal display, which includes:

 picture of red arrow  Steady red arrow: Stop, no left turns allowed
 picture of yellow arrow Steady yellow arrow: Prepare to stop, or prepare to complete your left turn if you are within the intersection
 picture of flashing yellow arrow Flashing yellow arrow: left turns allowed, but you must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians
 picture of green arrow  Steady green arrow: Left turns allowed and protected

Below is a video created by the Michigan Department of Transportation that shows flashing yellow arrows for left turns in operation:




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