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Drivers having trouble with flashing yellows

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Not all intersections are equal for KOTA Territory drivers.

In some parts of Wyoming, drivers are seeing more flashing yellow arrows at intersections.

Some of Sheridan's traffic lights were converted to include the flashing yellow over a year ago, yet many drivers are still finding it difficult to get used to.

Instead of the left turn arrow starting at green, the signal will flash a yellow arrow, which allows drivers to turn if there is no oncoming traffic, before becoming a solid green arrow.

Transportation officials say they constantly field questions about the changes.

"They're thinking 'yield,' because it's about to turn red.  And in this case, with this signal system, it actually may turn green after that, then go to yellow and back to the red," said Ronda Holwell with the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

And drivers on the road confirm that they are still adjusting to the changes.

"It was sort of confusing at first. Now I think sometimes that people don't pay attention to it, and they almost run it," said Georgia Wipf of Dayton.

WYDOT says the signals are becoming more common except in smaller, rural areas.

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