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SC Adding Flashing Yellow Arrow To Traffic Signals

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Drivers admit making a left turn at a busy intersection can be dangerous.

"A lot of people do just try to beat the light when it turns yellow," said Gail Lassiter with Woodruff Driving School. "And when it turns red, they just go go go. That's when a lot of collisions happen."

The state of South Carolina wants to make left-hand turns a little less risky. The Department of Transportation is installing lights like these with flashing yellow arrows.

Nearly 40 states already have them.

A flashing yellow arrow will replace the regular green light. It means you yield until there's a gap in on-coming traffic, and it's safe for you to turn.

Once the arrow turns solid yellow drivers should stop because that means the light is about to turn red.

"That would help me out," sad driver Tim Troung. "Because instead of it just turning red, it blinking gives me more of a warning."

Right now the state is giving the new warning signal a test run at intersections around Columbia. DOT will then add more throughout the state next year, mainly at congested intersections.

We're told the new traffic signals should actually help lessen backed up traffic by giving more drivers a chance to turn left.

There's a 10-year study from the Federal Highway Administration to back up the claim. The same study also says flashing yellow arrows reduce your chance of a wreck in the right-of-way.

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