Your View: After ice storm, drivers didn’t obey road rules

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 08:58 PM

I am hoping you or the chief of police (or both of you together) will consider an editorial regarding how to treat stoplights when the power is off. (Editor’s note: Intersections with non-working traffic lights are supposed to be treated as four-way stops, according to state law.)
In venturing out during the recent storms, I was initially surprised (and then scared) that so many people coming upon a non-working stoplight would simply speed on through the light without slowing down, much less stopping.
I thought about a letter to the editor, but thought this an important enough issue that some type of “official” response may carry more weight.
The worst offenders I saw were at multi-lane intersections such as Eastchester and Johnson, Eastchester/Westchester and Main, and Lexington and Main.
If you do an article, I hope you will advise who is responsible in case an accident should occur.
I hope you will warn drivers who sped through a non-working light. If the intersecting driver had simply obeyed the rules, stopped, and proceeded through the intersection, you and/or fellow passengers could have died, been seriously injured, or at the least been in an accident. And, the accident would have been your fault.
One other issue. After getting back home, I wondered where the police were during this time. My initial concern was trying to keep the public safe, but I also thought this would have been a great opportunity to place police cars just past an intersection and teach drivers the hard way (by issuing tickets for running a stoplight). Not sure what the penalty is for running a stoplight, but I assume the ticket cost plus insurance points is something to consider.
Thanks for providing a local paper.
GERALD L. (JERRY) WHITE
High Point

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