Intersections pose danger in power outage

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Some big storms have knocked power out recently in homes and at intersections, and a Charlottesville traffic officer says that can lead to problems on the road.

Charlottesville Police Corporal Jeff Sandridge says when traffic lights are out, drivers should treat any intersection as a four-way stop sign. The first car to arrive at the intersection is the first car to proceed.

If two cars arrive at the same time, the car on the right has the right-of-way.

Sandridge says failing to follow these rules can result in serious consequences.

"There could be a bad crash, so everyone needs to slow down, take their time, and be courteous of other drivers," he said.

And Sandridge says even if the traffic signal is out, driving through an intersection without stopping can also result in a ticket.

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