COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Two intersections in North Naples have been upgraded to include a flashing yellow right. County officials said it was a relatively inexpensive change and it will help reduce traffic accidents. Its job is to tell drivers that left turns are allowed, but just like a full yellow light, they need to proceed with caution.
"It's much more convenient flashing yellow," said Matthew Campbell.
And should make it easier for drivers at the intersections of Livingston Road and Ravina Way and Livingston Road and Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Matthew Campbell said it's much better than having to stop and wait for a red light to change to green.
"Not enough people drove by there for it to warrant needing a red light there," said Campbell.
But a flashing arrow will help with traffic around North Naples Middle School and Veterans Memorial Elementary.
"Which is basically when school beginning and dismissal times are, but communities around there wanted the signals to be activated full time and in doing so we were able to add this flashing yellow to help with the traffic flow," said Connie Deane.
Connie Deane, the Community Liason for Collier County's Growth Management Division said it will not only help that area, but there's also an environmental benefit.
"Less green house gas emissions because they're not sitting there as long, using their gas," said Deane.
Traffic engineers will monitor the two intersections and if they feel they are useful, they'll likely install more signals at other intersections. Deane added that the cost for the update depends on how many signal heads need to be change, costing anywhere from $100 to $400. That money comes from the County's traffic operations budget.