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What do you do when you approach a malfunctioning traffic light?

4-way Stop

If a traffic light is out of order or shut down, you must approach the intersection as if it is controlled from all directions by stop signs.

This means that all traffic to this intersection must stop and yield the right-of-way to traffic that has already stopped at the intersection. If two or more vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the right should be given the right-of-way.

If you believe the traffic light is malfunctioning, you should report it. Traffic lights that are out of order can cause delays, traffic jams and an increased accident risk.