Indiana state lawmaker wants to increase penalties for buying or selling a
device that can change some traffic signals from red to green.
Sen. Thomas Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, is crafting a bill intended to deter anyone
other than public safety and transit agencies from using Mobile Infrared
Transmitters, or MIRT.
the average person to have it is ludicrous,” Wyss, chairman of the Senate
Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, told The Indianapolis Star.
Wyss says a $10,000 fine and jail time might be appropriate. Under current law,
violators can be fined $500.
devices, which sit on a vehicle’s dash, are not regulated by current federal
standards because they rely on a beam of light instead of a radio wave to
trigger the light-changing mechanisms that have been attached to some
traffic-light changer is designed to allow police, fire and other emergency
officials to clear intersections before they approach. The device has been in
use at intersections since the early 1970s.
recent U.S. Department of Transportation survey showed the devices are in use
at 26,500 intersections in 78 cities across the country. Indianapolis has
devices in place at 225 intersections.