In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there are still a number of towns in our area without power. No power in homes and businesses can also mean no power for traffic lights.
What are you supposed to do when you approach a traffic light that's out? The answer is, treat it like a four-way stop. Come to a complete stop, and yield the right-of-way to drivers on your right. If the right is clear, continue carefully through the intersection.
It's been obvious over the past two days that not everyone is aware of this law, or a great many local motorists are choosing to ignore it. Driving is like playing Monopoly - if we all follow the rules, we all have fun and no one gets hurt.
Stay safe out there - with some communities reporting that power won't be restored until the middle of next week, you're bound to come across traffic lights with no power at some point.