Traffic signals are used to control pedestrian and vehicle traffic
at intersections. When a traffic signal is not working, you must
come to a complete stop before proceeding. After checking for
pedestrians and other vehicles, you may proceed with caution. The
most common type of traffic signal is one with a green, yellow and red
Green Light – signal to go
- Steady green light– You can proceed through an intersection.
- Green arrow – The arrow will indicate the direction of the
turn. While the arrow is showing, the turn is protected from
Yellow Light – signals caution
- Steady yellow light – When you see a yellow light, and are not
already in the intersection, you should stop. The yellow light
indicated that the signal will soon turn red. The meaning of the
yellow light is not to speed up as fast as you can to make it through
the intersection before the light turns red. This action could
- Flashing yellow light – You can proceed but with caution.
Red Light – signal to stop
- Steady red light - When the light is red you should come to a
complete stop before you come to the intersection. Some
intersections will have a cross walk or a stop line that your vehicle
should stop behind. Once the light turns green then you may
proceed. A right turn during a red signal is permitted if there
is no sign to indicate otherwise. To make a turn on red: come to
a complete stop, check for vehicle and pedestrian traffic, if the
traffic is clear then proceed.
- Flashing red light – This has the same meaning as a stop
sign. You must come to a complete stop then proceed once the
intersection is clear.
- Side by side flashing red lights – Indicates a railroad crossing
and the train is approaching. You should stop and never try to
beat the train. If the side by side lights are not flashing look
to see that the tracks are clear and proceed with caution.