Get Answers: State Yellow Light Regulations

6:09 PM, Jun 11, 2012   |    comments
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You can count on traffic lights to routinely turn green, yellow and then red. But who regulates how long the light actually stays yellow before changing to red?

13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet found out in this week's Get Answers.

Kimberly Larson, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, says there are several things that factor into the yellow intervals. For example, the amount of lanes at the intersection, how wide the lanes are and the speed limit.

She says the method the state uses to determine the intervals are used across the nation.

According to the DOT's website, there isn't a set interval state wide. It says a typical yellow light time is between three and six seconds. The duration time increases as the speed limit increases.

If you think a light in your city doesn't stay yellow long enough, you can contact an advocate with the National Motorists Association at

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