Florida Highway Patrol reminds drivers to stop at inoperable traffic lights following two traffic fatalities in Marion County

The Florida Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to stop at inoperable traffic lights following two traffic fatalities that occurred post-Hurricane Irma in Marion County.

Troopers want to remind drivers that if they approach an intersection, where traffic lights are inoperable, they must treat it as a four way stop, according to an FHP news release. Each vehicle must stop, prior to entering the intersection. Drivers must also keep in mind, “first to stop, first to go,” as well as the dangers of not stopping. “Not following these instructions can cost you, a family member or someone else their life,” the release stated.

The Florida Highway Patrol urges drivers to heed to these instructions to avoid accidents due to inoperable traffic lights post Hurricane Irma.

The Florida Highway Patrol urges drivers to heed to these instructions to avoid accidents due to inoperable traffic lights post Hurricane Irma.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov.


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  1. Martin Grupp says

    Few people seem to treat this situation as a 4-way stop anymore. Many times after stopping and starting to proceed, I’ve had on coming drivers lay on their horn and blow right through dark intersections thinking they had the right of way!

    • Ann Eggleston says

      Where exactly do you suggest they get them? Police are all called in during any weather disaster. They work long hours while their families are at home dealing with the disaster on their own. They call them in because they need them for the emergencies that occur. Do you think the taxpayers want to pay for an officer at every “busy” (those with traffic lights are usually busy) intersection? And, overtime budgets are not equipped to pay them. Disasters often put them into a negative budget as it is.

  2. Robert Basye says

    Along the same line while the gates have been removed and not all replaced as yet Caution entering the villages should be used posted at 5MPH yesterda at Calumt Grove traffic was driving normal road speeds through the gate areas . While travelling north across the entrance a red VW bug came through the gte at speed she could not see me as the shack blocked her view and the shack blocked my view of her coming close call !!!

  3. Fran Kennedy says

    It’s sad that these people have to be remindd of someything that they should already know. They had to know it to pass their licensing exam. It’s not a new concept.

  4. Steve Eikenberry says

    Good advice and thanks for the article. I can’t tell you how many drivers I encountered blowing through non-working lights at the intersections of Morse and Rio Grande, and Morse and San Marino…drivers on Morse not even slowing down at these intersections. My only concern/question is why didn’t Sumter put out temporary 4 way stop signs in the middle of the road? This is done back in my old town of Fort Wayne when lights are out for an extended period of time.

    • Ann Eggleston says

      I’m guessing they’re quite busy. And, they may not already have the signs. I’ve not seen any in 17 years here. It would be impossible to get them during or immediately after a hurricane. And, this doesn’t really happen often enough to justify the expense. Cities, police and fire all work on budgets. The taxpayers go crazy when a budget is exceeded. Sorry state of affairs, I know, but it is true. (I’m guessing the price of these signs is quite a bit of money. Highway department makes them, cities and counties pay for them. Plus they would need some sort of support to hold them in the wind). While a good idea, no more often than they would be used it would not be feasible, budget wise.

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