DETROIT (FOX 2) - Tens of thousands of DTE Energy customers are without power.
Heavy winds knocked out power for homes, businesses, and yes, traffic lights. When the lights are out, there is a risk for crashes if drivers do not know how to handle a dark traffic signal or disregard the rules.
In Michigan, a traffic signal that is out is treated as a four-way stop.
So, treat an intersection without a working light the same way you would treat an intersection with four stop signs: vehicles at each side of the intersection take turns going, beginning with whoever was there first.
The law used to say to follow right-of-way rules when approaching a traffic light that is out, but that changed back in 2018.