Released on September 27, 2012 - 10:10am
Sep 27
Mayor Craig A. Moe wants to inform residents that the Maryland State Police has issued the following Press Release about the new law on non-functioning traffic lights.

“Maryland State Police are reminding motorists of a new law about to take effect regarding actions drivers must take when approaching intersections with non-functioning traffic signals. 

Beginning October 1, 2012, a driver approaching a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction at an intersection shall stop:

-at a clearly marked stop line;

-before entering any crosswalk; or

-before entering the intersection.

After stopping, the driver must:                               

                                      -yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection; and

                                     -remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection.

Intersection traffic control signals, most commonly called ‘red lights,’ or ‘stop lights,’ direct the safe and orderly flow of traffic in and through thousands of intersections across Maryland.  Most are powered by electricity that can be interrupted because of storms, traffic crashes, or other incidents that cause power outages.  Just because a traffic control signal is not functioning at an intersection does not mean drivers are relieved of their duty to exercise care and caution.  The new law makes clear the procedures each driver must now follow. 

Violations of the new law carry a fine of $90 and two points if the offense does not contribute to an accident.  If the violation contributes to a crash, the fine is $130 and three points.” 

Mayor Moe asks that if you have any questions, please visit the Maryland State Police website at


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