Real title: "PATIENCE IS KEY TO NAVIGATING DARK INTERSECTIONS"

Alternate title: "Advice to drivers who never passed their driver's test"

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2005
Contact: Andrew Sawyer, NCDOT Public Information Office, (919) 733-2522
PATIENCE IS KEY TO NAVIGATING DARK INTERSECTIONS
Motorists should use caution and yield right-of-way when power is out
RALEIGH – Gov. Easley has declared March 13-19 Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina. In recognition of this week, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reminds motorists of the rules of the road when navigating through an intersection that is temporarily without power.
Both winter precipitation and summer thunderstorms can affect power lines causing temporary power outages at traffic signals. In such a situation, motorists should use extra caution and follow the guidelines for a four-way stop until power is restored.
According to the North Carolina Driver’s Handbook:

Any vehicle already in the intersection has the right-of-way ahead of any car that has not yet entered;
When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the car to the right has the right-of-way;
A vehicle with the right-of-way may move straight ahead or, if legal and signaling, turn right or left; and
Even with the right-of-way, be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles and pedestrians.

Another scenario that may occur is when two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time. In this case, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other desires to turn left, the turning driver must give the proper signal and wait until the turn can be safely made.
Whenever motorists approach an intersection without signals, they should be very cautious and alert for other motorists who may not follow driving laws. Also, motorists should never change lanes while moving straight ahead through an intersection.
For more information on driving laws or driving in special situations, consult the North Carolina Drivers Handbook. Copies may be obtained by calling 1-877-DOT-4YOU or by visiting http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/driver_serv...rivershandbook.
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