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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Down traffic lights are not treated as four-way stops, MSP has us woke

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 9:56 AM

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It's fucking snowing in April and you may still be without power in your winter hell dungeon of a home. The last thing you need is a car accident because you treat a down stop light like a four-way stop. Wait, what?

Michigan State Police took to Twitter last month to remind the general public that we have no idea what we're doing.

So, in short, we've all been doing it wrong and whoever taught you to drive is likely still doing it wrong and it's a goddamn miracle we haven't all been killed by this longterm miseducation.

By 8 this morning, MSP reported 30 crashes in the metro area during the morning commute. Could it be... our general confusion over what to do at a non-working stoplight?

A right-of-way means that if you reach an "uncontrolled" intersection, the vehicle who reached it last is the driver that must yield. If you reach the intersection at the same time, however, the driver on the left should yield the right of way because that makes total sense.

Needless to say, the Twittersphere is calling bullshit.

Governor Snyder even released a statement that says down traffic lights should be treated as 4-way stops in an emergency.

But MSP is not having it.

And some people are using the thread to fight contradicting traffic violations.

While others are just putting MSP on blast. 
While MSP sorts this whole mess out, just drive safe. And as always, curse your driver's ed teacher.

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