PIKESVILLE, Md. (WUSA) - Beginning Oct. 1 Md. drivers will be required to obey by a new law when approaching a non-functional traffic light, according to Maryland State Police.
The new law states that when approaching a non-functional traffic light drivers need to make a complete stop at a clearly marked stop line before entering any crosswalk or before entering the intersection.
Once stopped the driver must: yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection and remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection.
"Just because a traffic control signal is not functioning at an intersection does not mean drivers are relieved of their duty to exercise care and caution. The new law makes clear the procedures each driver must now follow," the Maryland State Police stated in a press release.
The new law carries a $90 fine if violated and two points. If the violation results in an accident the fine goes up to $130 and three points.