During Power Outages Motorists Should Treat Non-Working Signals as All-Way Stops

Stockton, CA…Caltrans is preparing for widespread power outages beginning at midnight as PG&E cuts power to reduce the risk of wildfire. District 10 counties potentially affected are San Joaquin, Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties, PG&E may potentially cut power early Wednesday, October 9 through midday Thursday, October 10. Motorists are reminded that the California Department of Motor Vehicle Driver Handbook mandates that non-working (dark) and flashing red traffic signals be treated as all-way stops during power outages. Drivers should proceed with caution through intersections and observe right-of-way rules.

To illustrate the safest way to navigate an intersection during times with no power, Caltrans Public Affairs developed a Caltrans News Flash, which can be viewed here:

PG&E customers are also encouraged to sign up for electrical outage alerts and review current outage maps via its website. Please note that due to high website traffic the

PG&E website may unresponsive. Current updates may be found via Twitter.