Drivers Required to Stop at Traffic Light Outages
New law goes into effect today.
Starting Oct. 1, drivers who don’t make a full stop at any non-functioning traffic light could be fined up to $130.
By law, drivers approaching a nonfunctioning traffic signal from any direction now are required to stop at a clearly marked stop line, before entering any crosswalk or before entering the intersection.
After stopping, the driver must yield to vehicles and pedestrians in the intersection, and must remain stopped until the intersection is safe to enter.
Violators will be fined $90 and two points if the offense does not contribute to an accident. If the violation contributes to a crash, the fine is $130 and three points.
Drivers are reminded that lights flashing yellow may not be out of order. Existing laws require drivers to either slow down at lights flashing yellow, or stop at lights flashing red.