Senate approves bill on traffic light outages

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The Michigan Senate approved a bill on Wednesday concerning traffic light outages.

The bill was proposed by Senator Rick Jones, and now it goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
The legislation states clarity for drivers on what to do at an intersection when the traffic light goes out.

“Even though most drivers are taught that an intersection with a nonworking traffic signal becomes a four-way stop, that is not true in Michigan,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “People need to know exactly what to do if a traffic light is out. This legislation will remove the confusion from the current law and ensure that all Michigan drivers are on the same page.”

The bill would require drivers to treat intersections where a traffic signal is out or malfunctioning as a four-way stop.

“Winter weather will soon be here, and Michigan families deserve roads that are as safe as possible — especially during power outages after a storm,” Jones said. “If one driver thinks it’s a four-way stop and another driver thinks he has the right-of-way, that’s a recipe for disaster. Treating all intersections as four-way stops if the signal is out might slow traffic a bit on major roads, but it’s worth it if it can help save lives.”