Pembroke's Malfunctioning Traffic Lights Being Examined Today


Pembroke's ongoing traffic light problems are getting an up-close look today.    

The city says a plan to have contractors examine the problems at two intersections, Pembroke Street East and Howard Street, and Mackay and Nelson Streets, has been fast-tracked.  Contractors will be on site examining both intersections today instead of next week as originally planned.

Both the Ottawa River Power Corporation and Ottawa River Energy Solutions are on the scene investigating.  

An update will be issued by the end of Wednesday.

The malfunctions are causing the lights to go into "default" mode, which is typically only supposed to happen overnight at some city intersections.  That's when one direction of traffic gets a flashing yellow (amber) light while side streets get a flashing red light.

The malfunctions have been leading to confusion among some drivers who are stopping at flashing yellow (amber) lights when they're not supposed to be.  

The city is reminding everyone that according to provincial law, a flashing amber means proceed with caution through the intersection, while flashing red means stop first.   

The city also shared the specific language of the Highway Traffic Act which applies:

Flashing amber
(17) Every driver approaching a traffic control signal showing a flashing circular amber indication and facing the indication may proceed with caution.
R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 144 (17).

Stopping at flashing red light
(21) Every driver approaching a traffic control signal and facing a flashing circular red indication shall stop his or her vehicle, shall yield the right of way to traffic approaching so closely that to proceed would constitute an immediate hazard and, having so yielded the right of way, may proceed. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 144 (21).