|Published:||Jul 11, 2012 1:07 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 11, 2012 4:43 PM EDT|
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Starting today, if you're traveling through the Lee Boulevard at Alvin Avenue intersection in Lehigh Acres you'll have a new option on the traffic light when making a turn: a yellow flashing arrow.
Crews have been working to install the lights and now, there are four lights on the turn signal instead of three. There have been 15 crashes at the intersection in the last year, including one fatal. The goal of this new light is to cut down on those crashes and congestion.
The yellow flashing arrow serves the same purpose as a solid green ball for a turn lane. It indicates that you can turn left, but you need to yield to oncoming traffic.
The light installed in Lehigh is being implemented across the country, but those who saw it for the first time thought it looked like more something from another country.
Traffic safety investigators have found the flashing yellow arrow is more effective at conveying to drivers that they need to yield before turning left, than the simple circular green light.
But drivers we talked to say until the yellow flashing arrow becomes mainstream, it serves as more of a confusion than a clarification.
Lee County deputies were at the intersection Wednesday morning helping to direct traffic, to make sure the implementation went smoothly.
It doesn't appear the drivers are handling the change too well. There has already been at least one accident since the new light was implemented. Drivers say the light didn't make a difference in their case.
The drivers were shaken up, but not physically injured. This makes the 16th wreck at the intersection so far this year.
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