Plymouth police urge caution with flashing yellow turn arrows
Flashing yellow turn arrows are increasingly common at busy intersections across the metro, but police in Plymouth say risky moves by drivers have led to a growing number of collisions.

The intersection of Rockford Road and Fernbrook Lane is one of the areas on the city's radar.

Hennepin County installed flashing yellow turn arrows in March of last year. The signal allows waiting motorists to make a left hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

But Plymouth police say from the time they were installed to February of this year, 34 crashes took place at that intersection. Nearly half were directly related to vehicles failing to yield.

"If you don't think that there's enough room for you to turn, then don't turn," said Plymouth Patrol Officer Scott Kirchner. "Don't take the chance, don't risk it. The light will eventually cycle through, and go to a green turn arrow, and you'll have a hundred percent of the right-of-way."

Traffic officers have requested that signals be changed to disable flashing yellow arrows when pedestrians push the walk button.

Delane Cleveland

April 10, 2017


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