Caution ....When the Traffic Lights Are Not Working...Treat Like a 4 Way Stop Sign!!

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Caution ....When the Traffic Lights Are Not Working...Treat Like a 4 Way Stop Sign!!

The Baltimore area along with the entire east coast has felt the effects of Hurricane Irene. We were fortunate  there was not more damage. Lots of trees and debris all over our city and most has been cleaned up.

What we are finding is power outages...not only in homes, condos and business but in our traffic lights. There has been an increase in accidents at  intersections with non functioning traffic lights. Do you know the procedure when approaching a light that is out?

     stop light                        non working stoplight   

 

  

        When approaching a non working traffic light..treat the intersection as though there was a 4 Way Stop Sign!

 

                                                              4 Way Stop Sign

I know you all knew this but please pass the word. 

Caution ....When the Traffic Lights Are Not Working...Treat Like a 4 Way Stop Sign!!

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Patricia Kennedy
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Margare, I just got back from New York where all of the lights were working.  Don't know what New Yorkers would do with the flahsing light thing.

Aug 29, 2011 03:31 PM #2
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I am so glad to hear that your town is ok, Margaret.  I'm watching CNN right now and the pictures from across the region are just hard to see.  We are so very lucky.

Aug 29, 2011 03:39 PM #3
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Hi Margaret, this is a good reminder for everyone, and could potentially save somebody.

Aug 29, 2011 03:43 PM #4
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Margaret, you are so right. The other night when a storm came through here I left the subdivision shortly after. When I came to the light it was out. We were trying to treat it like a 4 way but people seemed so confused. There were at least 6 cars at the front of the light waiting for a Policeman as they had fender benders...what a mess! Great post.

Deb

Aug 29, 2011 03:47 PM #5
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I hope you are safe and have power...

Sadly so many drivers don't know how to behave a 4 way stops... or at least I see it in my area.

Aug 29, 2011 04:10 PM #6
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Traffic and all the problems surrounding the storm will take some time to cure, people need to be courteous and cautious.  They need to display Southern Hospitality as we say here in Atlanta and slow down and let the other guy go if they need to.

Aug 29, 2011 04:12 PM #7
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Margaret

Glad to hear things are in not too bad a shape after Irene. While it was not as bad as it could have been there sure was a lot of damages, lots of power outages that continue and some horrendous flooding.

THis is good message to pass along. I suspect many forget that that is information we, hopefully, all learned in driver's ed and is part of some, if not all, of the state licensing exams.

Jeff

Aug 29, 2011 04:21 PM #8
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I am amazed at how many people don't realize this...

Aug 29, 2011 04:23 PM #9
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Very sound advice, Margaret. (I am sure you'll come up with some analogy with Real Estate on this...should I count on your next post for this topic?)

 

Aug 29, 2011 04:48 PM #10
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Margaret! I missed ya :) Sound advice that nobody seems to think of including me. Thanks mucho! 

Aug 29, 2011 04:56 PM #11
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Fred, That is the scary part!

Patricia, I know you guys had a great time...food from Zabars could not be bad!

Chris, Good to see you!

Liz, My point!

Deb, Easy to follow rules...could make us all a bit safer.

Tammy, I saw a lot of it today.

Mary, Hoping that enough people will be courteous and do the right thing...safety for everyone.

Jeff, Seems that most people did not learn it in basic driver ed or have long since forgotten.

Liz, Amazed and scary!

Praful, There you go challenging me again. It was just so frustrating driving around today and people not adhering to the rule!

Laura, It is a simple concept that is followed by few.

Aug 29, 2011 05:36 PM #12
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Traffic yields to the right...amazing how many drivers don't know right from left...good advice

Aug 30, 2011 12:38 AM #13
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You'd be surprised how many drivers in MD don't know this!!  :) Gail

Aug 30, 2011 02:18 AM #14
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Sally, It is treacherous driving around with lights out...people either don't know or do not follow the rule!


Gail, After my travels today...there are lot that do not know this!!

Aug 30, 2011 10:21 AM #15
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Margaret,

It's surprising how many people simply don't know this.

Brian

Aug 30, 2011 11:57 AM #16
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Brian, I am hoping that many learned from this. It was still pretty dangerous around Baltimore today.

 

Aug 30, 2011 12:19 PM #17
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I used to have a friend who treated four-way stop signs as three-way stop signs. I learned never to ride with him, and eventually we lost touch with each other when I moved south to San Diego. I'll have to see if he's on Facebook.

Aug 30, 2011 02:46 PM #18
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Jim, That is not funny. Hope he survived the three way stops.

Aug 30, 2011 03:17 PM #19
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When traffic signals out here don't work, they flash red, even when the power is out. I guess they have their own private power system. They are installing solar power on many public signs and such.

Aug 30, 2011 03:48 PM #20
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Russel, That is the case with some but many were NOT flashing.

Aug 30, 2011 03:57 PM #21
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