What to Do If There Is a Non-Functioning Traffic Light
If you are driving in Maryland and come across a non-functioning traffic light, it can be challenging to know what to do next. However, it’s essential to be aware of the law and the proper steps to take to ensure your safety and the safety of others. According to Md. Code, TR § 21-209, when vehicles approach a non-functioning traffic light, you must either stop at a stop line or before entering any crosswalk and then yield to other motorists in the intersection. You must remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection.
If you have received a moving violation for failing to stop at a non-functioning light, the experienced lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub is ready to fight for you. With our track record of success and over 30 years of experience, we know what it takes to keep your driving record clean and protect your driving privileges.
What To Do When Approaching a Non-Functioning Traffic Light
Failing to stop at a non-function traffic light carries a fine of $90 and adds two points to your driving record if the offense does not contribute to an accident. If the violation contributes to a collision, the fine increases to $130 and adds three points.
The following are general guidelines for what to do when approaching a non-functioning traffic light in Maryland:
1. Treat the Traffic Light As a Four-Way Stop
If a traffic light is not functioning properly, drivers should regard the intersection as a four-way stop. This means that drivers should come to a complete stop at a marked stop line or before entering the intersection and then yield the right of way to the driver who arrived first. If two or more drivers arrive at the same time, the driver on the right has the right of way.
2. Proceed With Caution
Before entering the intersection, you must proceed with caution, as some drivers may not be aware of the non-functioning traffic light. Drivers are still expected to act with a reasonable duty of care even if the traffic light is out of order.
3. Report the Issue
If you come across a non-functioning traffic light, report it to the authorities as soon as possible. You can call the local police department or the Department of Transportation emergency hotline. Providing the location and description of the issue will help authorities fix it quickly, reducing the risk of accidents.
4. Follow Posted Instructions
If any signs and instructions are posted at the intersection, be sure to follow them. These instructions may indicate a detour or alternate route that can help you reach your destination safely.
5. Be Patient
When dealing with a non-functioning traffic light, it is essential to stay patient. Traffic may be slower than usual, resulting in delays. However, it is best to arrive at your destination safely rather than rush and put yourself and others at risk.
Speak With an Experienced Traffic Violations Lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub
When approaching a non-functioning traffic light, you are required to follow Maryland’s laws to ensure your safety and the safety of others. If you have received a moving violation, the experienced lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub can help you understand your best legal options. Attorney Hillel Traub is a former lawyer for the MVA and has a record of proven results.