(WMAR) - The frustrating “hesitation shuffle” that occurred last June after a powerful Derecho swept through the region and knocked out power to countless traffic lights will soon be a thing of the past.
The Maryland State Police are reminding drivers of a new law taking effect October 1 requiring drivers approaching a nonworking traffic signal from any direction to stop at a clearly marked stop line; before entering a crosswalk; or before entering the intersection.
After stopping, the driver should yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection; and remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection.
Just because a traffic signal is not working is not a reason to breeze through the intersecction . 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.
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