When Traffic Lights are Out or Blinking – Treat Them as a Four-Way Stop.
Santa Clarita, Calif. – Southern California Edison provides electric utility service to residential and commercial customers in Santa Clarita, as well as those located in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County within the Santa Clarita Valley. The company recently advised utility customers that forecast fire weather conditions in Santa Clarita may lead to a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) of electrical lines Thursday, October 10, and Friday, October 11. This outage could result in Santa Clarita residents being without power and cause stoplights in the City to work intermittently.
In anticipation of this potential power shutoff, the City of Santa Clarita would like to remind motorists about safety procedures when approaching traffic signals that are experiencing a blackout or have lights flashing.
· Traffic Signal Blackout – If all traffic signal lights at an intersection are not working due to an electrical power failure, the intersection must be treated the same way as a four-way stop sign. Drivers must stop at the intersection and then proceed only when it is safe to do so while yielding to bicycles and pedestrians.
· Flashing Red Lights – A flashing red traffic signal light means “Stop.” After stopping, drivers may proceed when it is safe, observing standard right-of-way rules.
Drivers are reminded to anticipate pedestrians and bicyclists and be cautious of other motorists who may fail to stop before entering the intersection.
Residents are also encouraged to take precautions and prepare for a power outage that may stretch beyond a few hours. Charge cell phones, spare batteries, laptops and other devices ahead of time. A portable, battery-powered radio can also allow residents to receive updated information from news agencies in the event other devices lose power. You should also have flashlights accessible, learn how to manually open automatic garage doors or gates and prepare to meet special needs of any infant, elderly or disabled members of your household.
For more information on Southern California Edison’s potential power shutoff, please visit sce.com/psps. If you see a downed power line, please stay away, call 9-1-1 and report the issue to SCE at (800) 611-1911.