Police: Approach Out of Service Traffic Signals With Caution
No major accidents have been reported as result of recent signal outages.
Police are encouraging drivers to use caution when approaching a traffic signal that is either not lit or flashing red or yellow.
Several signals in the Perry Hall and White Marsh areas, including Seven Courts Drive, Ebenezer Road and Honeygo Boulevard, failed at some point after Hurricane Irene hit the area this weekend. However, no major vehicle accidents have been reported as result of recent signal outages, according to Lt. Ron Brooks of the White Marsh police precinct.
Brooks offered the following reminders to drivers:
- Drivers at a flashing yellow light must slow down or stop.
- Drivers at a flashing red light must stop before proceeding.
- A signal that is not lit should be treated as a four-way stop, although drivers on the intersection's major road have the right of way. At an intersection of two major roads, after all drivers have stopped, the right of way belongs to the driver who arrived at the intersection first.
- Use caution whenever entering an intersection, whether the traffic signal is working or not.