What Should I Do if I Find A Traffic Light Out?

If the traffic signal is totally dark, all drivers are to stop at the intersection, then proceed as if the intersection had stop signs controlling all approaches, unless:

  • Law enforcement or other authorized persons are directing traffic, or
  • There are portable stop signs located on select approaches.

If  the signal is in flashing mode, drivers having a flashing red light are to stop and yield to other drivers before proceeding through the intersection.

Drivers having a flashing yellow light are to proceed with caution.

These are spelled out in Virginia Code section 46.2-833 which provides specific directions for actions at non-functioning traffic signals

Motorists can report inoperable traffic signals at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).

VDOT crews will investigate the outage and make repairs as soon as possible when power is available.





Page last modified: Oct. 18, 2019