Flashing yellow traffic lights confusing drivers

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- According to Public Works and Utilities there are roughly 100 intersections in Lincoln that now have flashing yellow traffic lights. It's part of the Green Light Lincoln Phase I plan. The plan is to increase traffic flow on major streets with new signal timings and advanced technology.

Julie King has lived in Lincoln for six decades and said she thinks traffic is getting worse.

"Heavier and heavier all the time, of course South Lincoln is growing immensely, I live in North Lincoln and traffic is heavy, everywhere it's heavy," she said.

But, she said she's noticed more flashing yellows when driving around and thinks it's a good idea to add more.

"I love them, I love them, I love them, I love them, I wish there were more of them at all of the intersections," she said.

Some drivers said they find the changing signals confusing and worry about accidents.

"At first you have to think about that flashing yellow, that it means to proceed with caution and sometimes you have the tendency to think that you have the right of way, you have to make sure you don't take off," said John Jenkins, Lincoln resident for 4.5 years.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, since they began implementing flashing yellow lights across the country, left turning car accidents have decreased by 25%.

The city said they they plan to add more flashing yellow signals throughout the city when they move into Phase II of the project.