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Traffic signal lights are designed to indicate to a driver when and where to stop and
when toproceed. The signals are typically placed at intersections or other roadway
locations where thereis a large volume of traffic or high incidents of traffic crashes.

While the most common form of
traffic signal light is constructed with
three different color lenses (red,
yellow and green), a driver may
encounter intersections with a single
light and lens of a particular color.

A green light indicates you may
proceed if there is no opposing traffic.
A yellow light indicates caution and a
red light is an indication to stop.

At some locations a driver may encounter a small but very bright strobe light within
the centerof the red light. Such devices are designed to draw the attention of the driver
to the red lightand stop. Once the light changes to green and there is no opposing
traffic a driver may continue through the intersection.

Approaching a controlled intersection with intentions to turn right will require the
driver tocome to a stop if the traffic signal is red. However, once the driver has come
to a complete stopand there is no opposing traffic to interfere with the right turn, the
driver may proceed with theturn. It is important during such turns to be cautious of
pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle.

A flashing red traffic light indicates the same as a stop sign. A driver must come to
a complete stop, then proceed only when it is safe.

A lighted red arrow indicates a driver must stop and is prohibited from turning in
the samedirection indicated by the arrow. The driver may proceed however once the
arrow light changesto green.

A continuous yellow traffic light indicates the traffic signal is about to change. The
driver of a vehicle must stop if such a stop can be executed safely without blocking the
intersection. However if the driver is within the intersection when the yellowlight
changes, the driver must not stop, but proceed through the intersection. A flashing
yellowtraffic signal light indicates to proceed with caution. A yellow lighted arrow
indicates the signalis about to change and if the driver is about to turn in the direction
of the arrow, preparationshould be made to stop.


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A steady green traffic light indicates a driver may proceed through an intersection
if there isno opposing traffic. If a driver is stopped at a controlled intersection and the
signal light changescolor to green, the driver must allow opposing traffic already in the
intersection to clear theintersection before proceeding. A green lighted arrow is an
indication a driver may turn in thedirection of the arrow.

Unless a traffic sign is posted to prohibit turns in a particular direction through an
intersection,a driver may turn left from a one-way street onto another one-way street
when a traffic signallight indicates red, however the turn can only be initiated after the
driver has come to a completestop and yields to any opposing traffic within the

Always remember that Arkansas laws require drivers to yield to emergency vehicles.
Law enforcement, fire, or ambulance vehicles that may be moving through an
intersection with emergency lights and sirens will have the right of way and you must
yield to this traffic.

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