POSTED: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 8:40pm
TYLER — Yellow flashing arrows were implemented in the City of Tyler just a couple of years ago to help traffic flow. Every flashing arrow has a 'yield sign' attached to it warning drivers to wait their turn.
Some East Texans say they like the signals because they speed up travel time. But a fatal wreck on Tuesday has many questioning the signals' safety.
Tyler police say a 72 year old woman from Lindale was driving on South Broadway. She turned left into the Broadway Square Mall when signaled by a yellow flashing arrow. That's when a motorcycle coming from the other direction hit her car, and the driver of the motorcycle was killed when it burst into flames.
Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle tells us the wreck had nothing to do with the flashing arrow. He says, "The driver explained to us that when she approached the intersection she saw the yellow flashing light, she saw the intersection was clear... and she proceeded to turn into the mall."
Still, some East Texans say the signals are confusing for out-of-town drivers. City officials say they tried to educate the public when the arrows first came out, by putting fliers in water bills.
They also tell us the crash rate at several intersections with these yellow flashing arrows has gone down eight percent.