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Posted on: June 27, 2014

First Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signal in the State Goes Live in Kahului Next Week


WAILUKU, MAUI, Hawai‘i – Maui motorists are advised that a new type of traffic signal – a flashing yellow arrow (FYA) – has been installed in Kahului at the corner of West Kamehameha and Kane avenues. It is the first of its kind in the State of Hawaii.

The new signal will be fully activated on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. To help drivers familiarize themselves with the new signal and how it works, the Department of Public Works and the Mayor's Office have put together an instructional video for motorists. The video is available online at

“The flashing yellow arrow is designed to help motorists better understand when they have the right-of-way at intersections,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “I ask motorists to familiarize themselves with this new signal by taking a few minutes to watch the instructional video. Like our traffic roundabouts, this new flashing yellow traffic signal will help maximize safety on the road for both drivers and pedestrians.”

According to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), engineers have had concerns that drivers turning left on the circular green light signals may mistakenly believe they have the right of way over opposing traffic. Research on FYA's have shown that:

· FYA's are the best alternative to the circular green when indicating that a left turn is allowed after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

· The FYA was found to have a high level of understanding and correct response by drivers turning left at intersections, and a lower fail rate than the circular green signal.

For more information about the FYA installation and the federal program that initiated it, contact the Department of Public Works at 270-7845.

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