PennDOT Reminds Motorists to Follow Two Important Traffic Laws in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Allentown – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding motorists to follow two important traffic laws in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The first reminder is to treat any intersection with an inoperable traffic signal as a stop-controlled intersection.

According to state law, if a motorist approaches a signalized intersection with a traffic-control signal that is out of operation or is not functioning properly, vehicular traffic facing a green or yellow signal may proceed with caution, and vehicular traffic facing a red or completely unlighted signal shall stop in the same manner as at a stop sign, and the right to proceed shall be subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign (in general, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield to the vehicle on the right).

Second, last month a new state law went into effect that imposes stiff penalties on motorists who ignore “road closed” or other safety warning signs and devices. Under the law, motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to their driving records and be fined up to $250.

If the violation results in a need for emergency responders to be called, the fine is increased to between $250 and $500. In addition, violators will be held liable for repaying the costs of staging the emergency response.

Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or visiting www.511PA.com <http://www.511PA.com> . 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that they can check the latest updates on Hurricane Sandy at www.PA.gov.

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