POLICE: Traffic Lights Out? All Drivers Must Stop

Hundreds of traffic signals are not working because of the loss of power. There have already been multiple close calls by drivers speeding through intersections.

Authorities are reminding motorists when a signal is not working they must treat the intersection as a stop sign. That means all vehicles, regardless whether they are on a main street or not, must stop and make sure the intersection is clear before going through the intersection.

State law says only when a law enforcement officer, or another authorized person is directing traffic does this not apply.

North Carolina General Statute 20-158 (b) (6)

When a traffic signal is not illuminated due to a power outage or other malfunction, vehicles shall approach the intersection and proceed through the intersection as though such intersection is controlled by a stop sign on all approaches to the intersection. This subdivision shall not apply if the movement of traffic at the intersection is being directed by a law enforcement officer, another authorized person, or another type of traffic control device.

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