To Stop or not to Stop: New Maryland Traffic Law Answers this Question

Posted on Sep 28, 2012

In light of the upcoming “Drive Safely Work Week” next week, we’re presenting you with a new Maryland traffic law!

A new traffic law in Maryland will come into effect on October 1st. This law clarifies the procedures drivers must follow when approaching a traffic control signal, or stop light, without power.

According to the new law, when a driver approaches a stop light without power, the drive must stop:

  • At a clearly marked stop line;
  • Before entering any cross walk; or
  • Before entering the intersection

The driver must also remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection.

Violators of this new law will be served with a $90 fine and two points. And that’s only if the violation doesn’t contribute to an accident. If the violation contributes to an accident, the fine is $130 and three points.

It is also important to remember that traffic signals that flash are different than signals that do not flash.

We’ve included the proper procedures for the different traffic signals that you may come across:

  • Red flashing light: When approaching a red flashing light you must stop. You cannot cross the intersection until it is clear.
  • Yellow flashing light: When approaching a yellow flashing light you should slow down and proceed with caution, but you are allowed to cross the intersection without stopping.

As always, if a police officer is directing traffic, you should follow the police officer’s directions – no matter what the traffic light signals.

Keep these laws in mind and help keep our roads accident-free! Drive Safely Work Week is occurring from October 1-5, you can check out the materials and themes for each day by clicking here. Drive safely, everyone. 

Read More About To Stop or not to Stop: New Maryland Traffic Law Answers this Question...