Thursday, August 6, 2020

Connecticut law on traffic signal outages

Connecticut law reverts to the general right of way rule, as of 2018 it does not treat traffic or signal light outages as a four-way stop: 

 Many States require drivers to come to a full and complete stop at a dark signal. The presumption is that there has been a power outage at the intersection. Currently, Connecticut does not have any regulations that require a motorist to stop at a dark signal. 

1) That also answers the question of portable stop signs.  They MUST NOT be used at traffic signals which are out UNLESS the traffic signal when it is restored will default to a all-flashing-red allowing for the temporary signs to be removed before the light is restored to a normal cycle.

2) Thinking of a scenario where understanding the law is important and could put a third party at risk,  while I'm not a lawyer this is how I think things would play out:

Vehicle 1 is on a intersecting highway and stopped.

Vehicle 2 is travelling in the right lane on a non-divided, four-lane highway with two lanes of traffic in either direction, approaching with Vehicle 1 on the right.  Because Vehicle 1 is stopped, they have yielded the right of way.  (Vehicles yield to the vehicle approaching an intersection without a stop, yield, or working traffic signal when the vehicles would otherwise enter the intersection at approximately the same time.)

Vehicle 2 stops because the driver erronously believes signal lights revert to four-way stops.

Vehicle 3, which was hidden from view of Vehicle 1 by Vehicle 2, is following the general right-of-way rule is proceeds as normal.

Vehicle 1 seeing Vehicle 2 slowing and presuming they will come to a stop proceeds into the intersection and is struck by Vehicle 3.  

Whose at fault?  While 3 may have some fault under a general duty of "due regard" I would expect that the folks who did not follow the law and instead treated the intersection as a four way stop would be most at fault.

(Following that traffic lights do not revert to a four-way stop, the general right of way rule only applies to vehicles on public highways -- a vehicle on a driveway such as the exit from a typical shopping center must always yield to traffic on the highway).

Monday, August 3, 2020

03 July 2020 -- Forgot how much I explored!

I forgot how much I covered this day!

Are those Longhorns in Hampton?

Looks like they're doing a bit of grading in Natchaug on roads I was whining about lack of basic care of earlier this year.

Nosed into this interesting looking trail. Was a bit tight for a modern Jeep.

Exploring a bit on trails in Nipmuc that the gate is open (and I've never seen closed). Really would like to go deeper, but figured alone and without a winch discretion was important.

I seriously doubt Bear Den Road is actually private. Especially that sign on a DEP gate. I'm hoping it's just for dead oak trees, this section of Nipmuc (which the main entrance is off of Skopec Road complete with a Welcome sign behind a newly installed, locked gate) is currently closed.

Old Mashpaug Road

Alone and no winch. This seems to be a theme. Have I mentioned I have the new-to-me steel bumper and winch sitting in my garage?

The other fork

Coming in from the other direction

Last time I remember being down here, the bridge wasn't fit for ATVs to cross. It was probably a 1930s maybe 1950s era wood deck that had collapsed by the 1990s.

You know, I've nosed up this way a few times before but I guess signs had me convinced it was closed...but I think I was wrong. No gates, no signs, and a good portion adjoins state wildlife management area.

28 June 2020 Rutland State Forest / MDC Lands

Another trip up, probably need one more to finish going through all the main loops. Before the rat bastards get their way and close off vehicle access (the hearing that got re-scheduled now seems on indefinite hold for Covid-19).

Had lunch down at the old covered bridge site. Eric & Emerson reading the Naramore grave on the way out.

25 July 2020 S Rd, Sturbridge

Signs were a bit intimidating, but Eric knew the guy in the last house who said it was fine. Researching later, looks like it's still a town road and leads into a state wildlife management area.

This started off as a wrong turn, what a glorious find :)

While one of the old roads was definitively closed off by BIG boulders (Jeep winch ain't moving them, doubt the winch on a 2-1/2 ton forest fire truck could move them...usually they are small enough forestry trucks can man handle them, this would require a payloader).

26 July 2020 -- Old Haunts

The Silos, and the Canterbury end of Tripp Hollow...was the next to the last house in the former ~1987-1993 and the latter ~1975-1986

Might as well visit Kate's old property as often as I can before it gets paved over with solar panels.