Dark Traffic Signals
Traffic signals lose power for many reasons, but there's only one way to drive through an intersection when the signal goes dark. Treat it like a four-way stop, unless a flagger, a police officer, or a firefighter directs you to do otherwise, you are required to stop and yield the right-of-way in accordance with the law. (WA State law RCW 46.61.183.)
Keep in mind that the law says who must yield the right-of-way, it does not give anyone the right-of-way.
Here are the basic right-of-way rules for vehicles approaching all-way stops:
- When two vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different roadways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. In other words, when two vehicles stop together at the intersection, if there is a vehicle to your right, it goes first.
- Drivers turning left must yield to oncoming vehicles going straight ahead.
Drivers must do everything possible to keep from striking a pedestrian or another vehicle, regardless of the circumstances.