Double arrow flashing signal lights cause confusion for drivers

Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:35 - Written by

TYLER (KYTX) - New light signals on two Tyler intersections is causing some confusion for drivers. The intersections of Bonner at Front Street and Paluxy at Loop 323 have double arrow flashing signal lights.

The City of Tyler traffic engineer said, the two locations where those double arrow flashing red lights have shown to be problem areas. The problems stem from drivers turning right, failing to give drivers who are making u-turns the right away.

The lights simply tell you when its okay to make a right turn at a red light. If the double arrows are flashing -- its okay to turn.

If the arrows are solid, then drivers will have to wait for the green light to make a right turn -- no matter how many people behind you are honking their horns for you to move.

City representatives say, the two locations where the lights have been installed have statistically been trouble spots.

"We think it's advantageous to us to reduce accidents so why not use it, and it makes a it a little more obvious to those drivers and hopefully reduce more accidents," said traffic engineer Peter Eng.

This technology is being used all across the United States. It was first introduced in 2011. Traffic engineers said Tyler is actually one of the first Texas cities to use these new traffic lights.