As of Jan. 1 a new traffic law went into effect that is intended to prevent gridlock at intersections.

Previous law allowed drivers to move into a “box” at the intersection as they waited to make a left turn in heavy traffic.

In fact, the Minnesota State Patrol had encouraged the public to do that very thing, said Kathy Pederson, a public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.

 

As of Jan. 1 a new traffic law went into effect that is intended to prevent gridlock at intersections. Previous law allowed drivers to move into a “box” at the intersection as they waited to make a left turn in heavy traffic. In fact, the Minnesota State Patrol had encouraged the public to do that very thing, said Kathy Pederson, a public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol. According to the new law, it is now against the law to enter an intersection controlled by a traffic light unless a driver can get all the way through without stopping. The new law allows law enforcement to ticket drivers at intersections that get blocked by cars creating gridlock by being in the middle of an intersection. The traffic law, which is being applied across the state, is an effort to address more of the larger metro area communities where traffic counts are higher. Vehicles can stage in the intersection for a brief period of time, or they can enter the intersection if they are directed by a traffic control officer or making way for emergency vehicles. An existing law regarding impeding traffic has been on the books for some time.