Traffic Tip: Yellow lights mean caution, not go faster

By Kevin Sanderson
March 3, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 2, 2013 at 9:03 p.m.

This week's traffic tip is in regards to the Texas Transportation Code 544.007.

Sec. 544.007. Traffic-Control Signals In General: (a) A traffic-control signal displaying different colored lights or colored lighted arrows successively or in combination may display only green, yellow or red and applies to operators of vehicles as provided by this section.

Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

I would like to focus on two sections. The first addresses yellow lights. Basically, a yellow light does not mean to speed up to get through the intersection before the light turns red.

A yellow light is simply a warning that a red signal is about to be displayed, and you will have to stop.

The second section addresses the rare occasion when a traffic signal is not working at all. Common sense comes in to play here; treat the intersection as if it had a flashing red light or a stop sign. Stop completely and make sure the intersection is clear before proceeding through.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites residents to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website,, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Capt. Kevin Sanderson, Victoria Police Department, Patrol Division and Crime Prevention Unit, 361-485-3725.



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