Highway Patrol caution drivers when traffic lights are out

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Power outages from Sunday’s storm are impacting not only homes and business but also traffic signals. 

People are often reminded to stop when lights are not working, but our cameras caught drivers blowing right through them. 

Ohioans are required by law use brakes at the white line when lights are out. 

“It specifically states that you need to treat it as a stop sign if it’s not working,” said Lieutenant Brian Vail with Ohio State Highway Patrol.

For Ohio laws and rules regarding operation at intersections with malfunctioning traffic signals, visit codes.ohio.gov.

“Nobody wants a bad report at the end of the day to hear that a family member has been injured or worse, so I would just encourage everyone to obey the law, especially watch for flashing lights. It could save a life,” said Cynthia Paulus. 

The next time you see a flashing traffic light or a light that is completely out, be sure to treat it as a four-way stop.

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