Left-turn accidents - where a vehicle executing a left turn enters the path of another vehicle going straight ahead - are a major problem in Minnesota. These often happen at intersections where drivers turning left are expected to yield to oncoming traffic at a green light. Now one city in Hennepin County is changing the traffic light configurations at some intersections in order to prevent left-turn accidents.
The city of Eden Prairie, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Hennepin County, has announced the addition of flashing yellow left-turn arrows to nine intersections within the city limits. When the lights at an intersection turn from red to green, the flashing yellow arrow will also be activated.