EBR Parish aiming to make driving safer with new left-turn signals

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OFFICE OF THE MAYOR-PRESIDENT
Sharon Weston Broome

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Don’t be alarmed when you see the new flashing yellow arrow left-turn signals.

The new signals will be installed in East Baton Rouge Parish.

According to the Office of the Mayor-President, “the new signals feature a flashing yellow arrow in addition to red, yellow, and green arrows. The flashing yellow arrow allows waiting motorists to make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.”

The new flashing yellow arrow left-turn signals are part of the MOVEBR program.

So where will you find the new signals? DOTD has that answer below:

Motorists will eventually encounter the new flashing yellow arrow signals on all state roadways across Louisiana at locations where a single turn lane is currently protected by a left-turn signal.

A further breakdown of the new signals can be found below:

  • The left-turn signals will consist of arrows only.
  • The steady red arrow means drivers turning left must stop and wait
  • The steady yellow arrow means stop if you can do so safely
  • The flashing yellow arrow means drivers can proceed with a left turn after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians
  • The steady green arrow means proceed with a left turn — opposing traffic is being held

“These new turn signals are proven to be safer and more efficient,” said Mayor Broome. “A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study found they reduce left turn crashes by up to 35%. They also help move more traffic through the intersection, easing traffic congestion and reducing vehicle idling – and that helps ease pollution.”

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