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Flashing Yellow Arrows

What You Need to Know

ODOT and other jurisdictions across the nation have been updating select traffic signals with flashing yellow arrows.

These new traffic signal displays are designated to help drivers understand

  • When they need to stop;
  • When they have the right-of-way; and
  • When they need to yield to oncoming traffic.

When you are turning left and see a flashing yellow arrow, the traffic coming toward you has a green light (the right-of-way) and pedestrians may have a "walk" signal. You must YIELD to these potential conflicts:

  • Oncoming through traffic and bicyclists;
  • Oncoming right turn traffic; and
  • Pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Review ODOT's Flashing Yellow Arrow brochure for information about how to navigate these traffic signals.

The following video, courtesy of Washington County, explains driver responsibilities at these flashing yellow arrows.

Contact the Traffic Standards Unit

4040 Fairview Industrial Drive, MS 5
Salem, Oregon 97302
Phone: 503-986-3568
Fax: 503-986-4063

Program Lead

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