You CAN Pull Out Into Intersection On a Flashing Yellow Light!
You can pull out into the intersection on a flashing yellow light. It's true! Please do!
If I've seen it once, I've seen it a hundred times. Sitting in the left-hand turn lane, facing East, at the intersection of 40th Avenue and Summitview Avenue, the vehicle directly in front of me had a flashing yellow arrow inviting the driver to PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
Heck, we learned that in the form of a rhyme in elementary school! Do you recall this:
"Red means no, green means go, yellow means wait -- even if you're late!"
Just a few years ago, the city's engineers made the traffic light a flashing yellow before it turned fully red to allow at least one, if not two, vehicles, to be able to pass to alleviate congestion at one of Yakima's busiest arterials. You CAN pull into the intersection and wait until through traffic passes to take a left. You do not have to stay at the stop bar and wait until all other motorists have passed before you attempt taking a turn.
I hope this helps if you weren't sure as to how to approach this particular situation and I hope it helps keep all of our days moving as efficiently as possible!
According to the Revised Code of Washington (i.e., the law):
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Todd E. Lyons, Esquire
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