Traffic Rules During Power Outages


 Traffic Rules during Power Outages 

When there is a power outage or disruption, do you know what to do? When drivers understand, and obey, the following rules, intersections will be easier to navigate while the lights and signals aren’t working.

 What do I do when the power goes out?

What do I do when the traffic lights are on flash?

What do I do when the power goes out?

  • Treat each traffic light as a four-way stop, with the driver on the right having the right-of-way.
  • Proceed with caution only when traffic permits.
  • Enter intersections only when it is safe to do so, using turn signals to let other motorists know your intentions.
  • Use extreme caution in school zones.
  • As always, yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Watch out for and obey police officers directing traffic within intersections.
  • Don’t use the emergency number 9-1-1 to report a power outage.
  • Call your local power provider to report outages.

What do I do when the traffic lights are on flash?

  • For flashing red, stop. (treat like a stop sign)
  • For flashing yellow, proceed with caution.

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