Legislation to clear up confusing traffic law moves forward

Posted at 10:46 PM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 22:46:49-05

LANSING, Mich. – Many drivers in Michigan think that when you come to a traffic light that’s out,  it's treated as a 4-way-stop. But according to the law, that’s not true.

“We have this convoluted, confusing old law that says yield to the car to the right,” says Republican Senator Rick Jones. It’s a traffic law most people don’t even know about.

“Why don’t we make this common sense?" says Jones. "Why don’t we simplify it and make it the way that people already think that it is and simply treat it as a 4 way stop?”

Jones is behind a bill which passed the state Senate on Wednesday. He says Michigan State Police and AAA is behind the bill.

“We’re just trying to make it safer for everybody," says Jones.

Senate Bill 521 must now go through the state House before heading to the Governor’s desk.

Jones expects the bill to become law early next year.