In the wake of
Thursday’s high winds--which caused widespread power outages in Lake
County--INDOT is reminding motorists how to negotiate an intersection when
the traffic signals are down.
“Under Indiana law,
drivers who encounter an intersection where the signal has lost power should
treat the intersection as an all-way stop,” INDOT said. “After stopping, the
driver should proceed with caution through the intersection when safe to do.
Drivers should yield the right-of-way to traffic already in the
For the record,
INDOT’s LaPorte District manages 618 traffic signals in 13 counties.
“When a traffic
signal loses power, INDOT’s LaPorte District will place stop signs as we are
able,” INDOT said. “When power is restored the signal will flash on four-way
red until any signs that have been placed can be removed.”