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Margo Miller: Procedure for traffic light failure

How the situation shouldhave been handled in Campbellsville today
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By Margo Miller

(Mon 1 May 20178) - As a public service, would you please remind people that when traffic lights are not working, as was the case in Campbellsville today, each driver should treat the intersection like it is a four-way-stop intersection. That means that every single car must come to a complete stop immediately before entering the intersection, and must not proceed through the intersection until it is their individual turn. There should never be a line of cars crossing the intersection together when a stoplight is not working, but each individual vehicle should stop to allow cross traffic/turning traffic to enter the intersection safely.

A Google search turned up the following rule from the Virginia Department of Transportation, which I understand is a nationwide policy, -"If the traffic signal is totally dark, all drivers are to stop at the intersection, then proceed as if the intersection had stop signs controlling all approaches unless law enforcement or other authorized persons are directing traffic or there are portable stop signs located on select approaches."

Also, please remind readers that it is also a good idea to turn on their headlights when they need their windshield wipers to ensure it is easier for other drivers to see them.

Courtesy and caution are important when adjusting to sub-optimal driving conditions and improving safety. Knowing and following the rules keeps everyone safer and traffic moving more smoothly.

Regards, - Margo Miller

PS - While we are at it, it might be a good idea to remind readers to check that all of their headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals are working correctly. Proper signaling is even more important when traffic lights are not working.

This story was posted on 2017-05-01 16:40:18
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