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Ask A Cop: Flashing yellow arrows

Editor’s note: Every week a Lake Oswego police officer answers your questions in this space. Please send your questions to Reporter Cliff Newell at cnewell@lakeoswegoreview.com or call 503-636-1281, ext. 105.

“I noticed flashing yellow left turn arrows on Kruse Way. What do they mean?”

These signals allow drivers to cautiously enter an intersection to make the movement indicated by the flashing arrow. The driver has to make certain it is safe to make the movement in the intersection and is required to yield the right of way to other vehicles already in the intersection.

If the flashing arrow is allowing for a left turn through the intersection, the driver must yield the right of way to traffic approaching the intersection from the opposite direction.

If it is unsafe or creates an immediate hazard to make the turn, the driver must wait for traffic to clear. If the driver doesn’t, he or she risks causing a crash and being cited for failing to obey the traffic control device. 

Drive safely!

— Officer Clayton Simon, Lake Oswego Police Department

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