Drivers Mixed on New Flashing Traffic Signal

6:51 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A new addition to a local intersection has drawn mixed reactions from drivers.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has installed a flashing yellow arrow signal at the intersection of Farrow and Parklane Roads to help drivers making left turns.

"I think it's a good idea if it'll prevent accidents and there are a lot of accidents," Becky Cates.

Drivers who frequently cross intersection have had a little more than a week to get used to the new signal. It was installed on May 1. 

"There's a lot of congestion, a lot of confusion about which way to go or who has the right-of-way," said Cates.

Not everyone has noticed the change, and of those who have, some say they do not believe the new signal will improve the area.

"When it's high traffic I think it will cause a lot more problems. People will have a harder time making left turns there and they'll get a lot backed up and get frustrated and try to force a left turn. Could be dangerous," said Braxton Woods.

Some say they are concerned the addition will create additional traffic, but others see the change as positive.

"I've had experience, not personally, but experience with left turn accidents with my family, so I think anytime they can clarify the choice when to go or when not to go, I think it's helpful," said Cates.

SCDOT says at least ten other flashing yellow arrow signals will be installed in the next year. Locations for the devices have not yet been determined.


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