Caltrans Solves Blackout Traffic Danger – They Say
Written by 991KBU on November 14, 2019
Caltrans officials say they will address the issue of blacked out traffic lights during intentional power outages … by putting reflective yellow tape on their traffic light backplates.
The backplates are those metal rectangles behind the traffic signals … designed to make the red green and amber lights visually stand out.
Caltrans tells KBUU News that there are 250 intersections in L A and Ventura counties that are in designated intentional power blackout zones
They will get reflective tape placed on their signal backplates.
A spokesman tells us … it’s sustainable and makes signal heads visible in zero lighting conditions when headlights are used.
“So, when signals are out it will alert drivers that they are approaching a signal intersection and serve as a reminder to treat it as a 4-way stop.”
Further … “Caltrans Headquarters is working together with California DMV to produce an information campaign … reminding drivers of the California Vehicle code to treat dark signals as full stops.”
Of course … California drivers are constantly reminded that there is a speed limit on P C H … and that is regularly ignored too.
City officials are very not happy that Caltrans would not send out portable stop signs to be placed in intersections … when they were blacked out last October 30th … when Southern California Edison turned off the power.
Caltrans will also not allow the city to place its own stop signs on the state highway.
L A County sheriff’s deputies are not being sent into intersections to direct traffic … either.