Column prompts response about turn signals

Published: Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 3:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 3:22 p.m.

A recent Lane Ranger column regarding faulty traffic signals prompted reader Joanne Auth to write about the confusion some drivers have with turns arrows on new signals.

“I think the whole colored arrow system has become confusing. The best example is the GREEN turn arrow with a RED LIGHT above it. According to the manual, if you are in the lane with a green arrow AND a red light above it, you MAY turn in the direction of the arrow BUT you must yield right-of-way to vehicles and pedestrians,” Auth said in an email. “This is in direct conflict with what a green arrow used to mean--that you had a protected right to turn without fearing that oncoming traffic had a green light. It seems to me this is no different than a simple green light in that lane, meaning that you CAN turn, but you must yield to oncoming traffic or pedestrians. Why has this been made more complicated than it needs to be?”

Auth cited other examples and included this link -- -- for traffic-signal instructions.

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