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Who Has the Right of Way when A Traffic Light Is Out?

What happens in Michigan when a Traffic Light goes out? Who has the Right Of Way? It’s a pretty frequent occurrence for a traffic light to lose power, particularly with our harsh winters, and turbulent storms all year long. As of July 23, 2018, MCL 257.649 requires that drivers must treat an intersection with a malfunctioning, or non-functioning traffic signal as a 4 way stop.

Right of way rules helps people drive safely. These rules go along with courtesy and common sense. Bicycle riders, moped riders, and pedestrians must follow these rules, too.

Never insist on taking the right-of-way. Note that the law does not allow anyone the right-of-way. It only states who must yield. When a driver is legally required to yield the right of way but fails to do so, other drivers are required to stop or yield as necessary for safety. So, if another driver does not yield to you when he or she should forget it. Let the other driver go first. You will help prevent accidents and make driving more pleasant.

A driver who fails to stop, or yield to traffic that is already in the intersection, is responsible for a civil infraction. There is more information on civil infractions on our Traffic Tickets (Citations) and Traffic Offenses page. If you have been ticketed for this offense, give Triton Legal a call. (989) 341-8558.