Submitted: Malfunctioning Traffic Lights

To my fellow Lakewooders,

With all the recent traffic lights taken out from accidents, I thought I might share what one is to do if you must go through an intersection with a blackout.
I had to look up the answer as they don’t cover this in driving school!
If a light is out it must be treated as a four way stop sign. That means you have to come to a full stop at the white line and wait your turn to go.
This is all the more important at busy intersections, especially when there is more than one lane. If you are not sure whose turn it is, try to make eye contact with the other drivers at the line, and take it slow. Of course this means that you cannot be on your phone!
Tizku L’Mitzvos,
A Lifelong Lakewood Citizen
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  1. I was at an actual 4-way stop this morning and a school bus on my right rolled right past his stop sign almost hitting me. He then proceeded to give me look as if I did something wrong. I in turn pointed to his stop sign.

    G-d help us if we need to implement this at a busy intersection.

  2. I realized long ago just how important it is to make eye contact with other drivers in such situations. But rather than ignoring my important phone texting sessions and focusing solely on making eye contact with other drivers, I decided to use split screen technology to assist me with these 2 tasks.
    By splitting my cell phone screen, I’m able to make eye contact with the other drivers through my phone – via video phone connection – and send/receive texts simultaneously, using 2 halfs, or multiple areas of my phone screen.
    Sometimes, when I’m reluctant to converse orally with the other drivers, I’ll mute my phone, turn down the volume and text them, while using my video phone connection to make eye contact with them……..
    ……Hold on, wait one second!…. The driver, on the right side of the intersection, who’s on the top left corner of my phone screen is giving me dirty looks on my video stream…..
    No problem, I just disconnected my video session with him………
    Oye vey! He almost ran over a pedestrian while trying to reconnect with me!!!

  3. You are correct in saying that it is treated as a 4 way stop.
    However, people need to learn what to do and how to navigate a 4 way stop.
    Making eye contact is smart but not what you are supposed to do. Look it up, memorize the rules, and implement the rules.

  4. was driving in Brooklyn recently and I have to say it was actually a relief to have 25MPH speed limits, red light and speeding cameras, and no right turns on red.

    need to seriously look at solutions like this – INCLUDING bans on most left turns, or this is just going to get worse, C”VS!

  5. All you need is one red light camera which is portable and can be moved from one intersection to the other so that way no one knows exactly where it is and on any given day. cheap. effective.

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