Blinking Yellow Turn Signals Kill Motorcyclist [VIDEO]
Yesterday just before 11am a horrific traffic accident happened in Tyler on Broadway at the entrance to the Broadway Square Mall. 71 year old Helen Rice Turner was turning left into the mall parking lot off of south Broadway -- she turned right into the path of motorcycle driven by a 23 year old Kendrick Lee Clark of Palestine. More after the jump.
According to eye witnesses, Turner had a blinking yellow light. It's unclear at this time if she just didn't see the motorcycle, or if she was confused that she had the right of way. The motorcycle immediately caught fire with Clark trapped underneath. Bystanders helped to pull Clark from under the burning motorcycle and helped to extinguish the flames. Clark later died as a result of his injuries at the hospital.
KLTV reports the city of Tyler was one of the first in the country to install the blinking yellow turn signals. What do you think of the blinking yellow turn signals? I personally have at times found them confusing. I'm a 37 year old (motorcycle rider by the way) and I know that if it has confused me, I'm not the only one. What do you think -- blinking yellow turn signals a good idea?
I did a quick survey on Facebook and it shows that most people do understand that a yellow left turn signal means YIELD.
Here is the official law on yellow left turn signals according to Texas law thanks to Texashighwayman.com:
"§544.008. FLASHING SIGNALS
- (a) The operator of a vehicle facing a flashing red signal shall stop at a clearly marked stop line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. In the absence of a crosswalk, the operator shall stop at the place nearest the intersecting roadway where the operator has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. The right to proceed is subject to the rules applicable after stopping at a stop sign.
(b) The operator of a vehicle facing a flashing yellow signal may proceed through an intersection or past the signal only with caution.
(c) This section does not apply at a railroad crossing."