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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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