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N.C. DOT installing new left-turn signals

Posted November 3, 2010 7:17 p.m. EDT
Updated November 3, 2010 7:23 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina drivers can expect to see a makeover for left-turn traffic signals.

The state Department of Transportation said Wednesday that more of the newly designed lights are being installed at intersections throughout the state.

The new style features a flashing yellow arrow that, when active, lets drivers know they can turn left but that they must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before doing so.

The signals are designed to make it easier for drivers to know what to do when making a left turn and are taking the place of the traditional signals.

Engineers have installed 380 of the signals since 2005. Since then, those sites have seen a 37 percent decrease in wrecks, the DOT said.

The DOT did not say where the new lights will go up or when.