Some monsoonal thunder showers rolled through the Valley this afternoon, causing reduced visibility and street flooding. Also contributing to the resultant traffic chaos: inoperative traffic signals.
Just a reminder - a flashing red signal at an intersection means it's a four-way stop.
The inspiration for this post is that during a walk (what can I say? Living in AZ has really helped my appreciation of rainy days :) ), I noticed the signal at 82nd Pl. and McDowell Rd. was inoperative and flashing red in all four directions.
The other thing I noticed? The large number of drivers blowing through the intersection without even slowing down.
Page 33 of ADOT's Drivers License Manual (page 35 of the .pdf file) says:
When approaching an intersection with an inoperative traffic control signal or no traffic lights, stop signs or yield signs, treat it as you would a 4-way stop. Come to a complete stop before entering the intersection and then proceed when the roadway is clear.