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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 . 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.  
Cathy August 30, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Agreed. The light at Loch Raven/Joppa was out but an officer was sitting on Jopp Terr in Carney looking for speeders. BCPD leadership really dropped the ball. Perhaps the Patch could this for a follow-up story.
Tim August 30, 2011 at 02:13 PM
*inserts classic donuts joke here*
neal August 30, 2011 at 03:22 PM
I did "tweet" David Marks and he said he called the White Marsh precinct. And they wonder why people don't like the police or county gov't. They have really pissed me off, but what do you expect from a bunch of tax and spend liberals? They need the revenue to fund all their entitlement programs.
Cathy August 31, 2011 at 02:21 AM
Surprisingly there's no law regarding right of way at an intersection when the light is out. Bryan Sears posted an article a short while ago. http://perryhall.patch.com/articles/hurricane-irene-exposes-traffic-law-myth#comment_1328400
chickpea September 01, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Let's face it. No what your opinions on cameras and lights or politics are, most people are: stupid and selfish. They care not about the welfare of others and behave only in their own best interest. This not only applies to driving, but to every other area of their life. It is the "few" of us that attempt to act and react responsibily, selflessly, and cautiously. “Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy” ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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