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Traffic Safety and Education

Driver Safety

The information below is provided to assist drivers in navigating our transportation system safely.

Flashing Yellow Arrow

A flashing yellow arrow is part of a new signal display system that more clearly indicates to drivers when they must yield before making a left turn across traffic.

Fact Sheet (2013)


A roundabout is a circular intersection where traffic flows around a center island. Roundabouts enhance safety, are more efficient and have a higher traffic capacity. Cobb County has six roundabout projects.

Fact Sheet



Diverging Diamond Interchange

While a Diverging Diamond Interchange, like the one at Windy Hill and I-75, may seem complicated, this new type of intersection design increases capacity, decreases congestion, and enhances safety. Click on one of the resources below to learn more.

Fact Sheet

White Paper

Learn To Navigate a Roundabout

This video provides useful information on how drivers should navigate a roundabout. 

Pedestrian Safety

Here are some more pedestrian tips to ensure that you stay safe when crossing the road!

What can I do to minimize distractions as a pedestrian?

  • Always pay attention.
  • Remove headphones and put away cell phones and other electronic devices when crossing the street

What do pedestrians need to know about crossing safely?

  • Look BOTH WAYS before crossing
  • Always use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals when they are available
  • Make eye contact with drivers before stepping into the street
  • Walk on the sidewalk when available or walk off the road, facing traffic
  • Watch for vehicles backing up in driveways or parking lots (Just because you see them does not mean they see you!)
  • Children can be unpredictable; make sure that you have young children close by your side when crossing the road (It may be difficult for drivers to see smaller children)

It is also important for drivers to be aware!

  • Drivers be aware of pedestrians at marked and unmarked crossings
  • Slow down!

Not sure when to cross the road?

Pay attention to these crosswalk signals to help you safely cross the road.

The pedestrian signal of a figure highlighted in white is the walk signal and it means it is safe to cross the road.

Look both ways before crossing. Watch for turning and oncoming cars.


A flashing hand means do not start crossing but continue to cross if you are already in the crosswalk.

The time remaining will count down to let you know how many seconds are left for you to finish crossing the road.


The solid yellow hand means WAIT.

It is NOT safe to cross the road.


Useful Resources

GOHS - Governor's Office of Highway Safety
Kidsafe Pedestrian Safety
NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Program
GDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
Safe Kids USA - Pedestrian Safety

Pete's Street Smarts
Pete's Street Smarts Video

This animated short that highlights what to do and what not to do when traveling as a pedestrian. This video represents a collaborative effort between Cobb DOT, the Cobb County Safety Village; Safe Kids Cobb County, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, and Mock, The Agency,