caltrans stay safeCaltrans: When Power is Off, Treat Signals as Stop Signs

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release about roadway safety during power outages. Officials with Caltrans want to remind motorists that when the power is off, they should treat traffic signals as stop signs. This means that every entrance to an intersection without power should be treated as an all-way stop sign.

If the power goes out in an area, it’s possible for traffic signals to convert to flashing red lights. Power to traffic lights and streetlights may go out altogether too. In these situations, always approach intersections carefully and with caution. Treat them as if they’re all-way stops.

 

What if Emergency Personnel Are on The Scene?

If emergency responders are at a scene directing traffic or giving specific instructions, always default to their authority regardless of what the traffic signal is doing. Remain vigilant, follow all directions given by emergency personnel, and be on the lookout for cyclists or pedestrians, who might also have to navigate through intersections with power outages.

When power outages are occurring, expect delays. Don’t try to rush or speed through any intersections. It may take additional time to get through intersections, but it’s better to be a little late and safe than to be in a hurry and potentially cause a collision.

 

Above All, Put Your Phone Down

No matter what type of intersection or roadwork situation you’re driving through, you should never be on your phone. Distracted driving puts your life and the lives of others at risk. If you’re texting or checking social media, you’re not paying attention to the road.

In situations where there are power outages or other issues, it’s especially important to remain vigilant and watchful behind the wheel. Focus on the road, and keep an eye out for vulnerable roadway users like cyclists, pedestrians, and motorcycle riders.

 

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