Driving You Crazy: Intersection Protocol - 8 News NOW

Driving You Crazy: Intersection Protocol

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LAS VEGAS - A viewer says many drivers need a refresher about what to do at an intersection when the traffic lights are not working.

The viewer says he saw numerous drivers ignore flashing red lights at Maryland Parkway and Russell Road during last Saturday's storms.

The storms caused many traffic lights to stop working, including the one at Maryland and Russell.

The law says when intersection lights fail, drivers must treat the intersection as a four-way stop until the lights are restored.

Slow your vehicle when approaching the intersection and stop short of marked crosswalks.

Additionally, come to a complete stop. Use the brakes and let the car rock back. This means your tires are not moving, and your car is not rolling forward.

Look at the other cars. Vehicles leave the stop signs in the same order in which they arrive. The first car to arrive at a complete stop is the first one to leave and drive through.

If more than one car arrives at the same time at the four-way stop, the motorist farthest to the right should leave first.

A little common sense also goes a long way. If you are unsure who has the right of way, use hand signals to communicate with other drivers, so everyone gets through the intersection safely.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Brian Loftus.

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