If a traffic signal is inoperative, treat the intersection as if it were a four way stop! Why is this so difficult for people to grasp?
Here are a few tips that will help you avoid a ticket and keep the roads a little bit safer:
This is one of my personal pet peeves: If a stop light or traffic signal is inoperative, treat the intersection as if it were a four way stop! Why is this so difficult for people to grasp? If the light is out, it becomes a four way intersection. Every single time I come across a non-working signal people just drive straight through the intersection as if they have a green light. Inoperable traffic signals do not give any one direction the right of way – all traffic must stop!
When waiting for the light to change to green, do not creep over the cross walk and into the intersection.
When turning right on red, you must first come to a complete stop. Then yield to all pedestrians and all traffic with a green light.
When you stop at a red light, you are supposed to stop before the crosswalk or the “stop” bar, whichever is closer.
A full stop is required and you must yield to anyone visually impaired. They will use either a white/red cane or a guide dog to cross the road.
Watch for bicycles and pedestrians!
Head to your destination a minute or two earlier so you are not in a hurry when you drive. My mother always reminded my kids when they were learning to drive that they have a 2,000 pound weapon in their hands!
Remember, stopping at a green light can be just as hazardous as running a red one!
If you receive multiple tickets within 12 months for red light violations, you may be ordered to attend driver improvement school!
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