What to do at a non-working traffic light

Many traffic signals down in theMan Tampa Bay area
Posted at 5:30 PM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 17:30:52-04

Many red lights across Tampa Bay are still not working and not every driver respects the rules of the road.

Our cameras caught a driver in a red Mercedes blow right through the intersection of Howard and Columbus, where the traffic light is not working. And it's not just in Tampa. 

Drone expert Butch Newell took to the skies in Riverview at Big Bend and Lincoln, where the traffic light has been out since Sunday.

The view from above reveals chaos and confusion among drivers and patience at a premium.

So what should you do?

Police say motorists should treat intersections with failed traffic lights as four-way stops. With all vehicles coming to a complete stop before taking turns even if the lights are flashing yellow.
And if you get to the light at the same time as the other drivers. Just defer to the driver on your right.

And perhaps the best advice in these days after Irma is to just be patient, be courteous, be careful and remember we're all in this together. Better days are ahead.