When the Power is Off, Treat Signals as Stop Signs - Caltrans Reminds Motorists Treat Every Entrance to an Intersection as a Stop Sign


District:   Headquarters
Contact:  Tamie McGowen
Phone:    (916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO — In the event of a power outage, traffic signals may convert to a flashing red light or lose power and go dark, and street lights could turn off. Motorists should treat flashing red signal lights as an all-way stop and treat every entrance to an intersection as a stop sign.

When emergency personnel are at a scene directing traffic and giving specific instructions, default to their authority over flashing red lights. Always follow the directions of emergency personnel.

Drive cautiously and watch out for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Caltrans News Flash 215

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