Kentucky state lawmaker wants to outlaw the use of a device that can change
some traffic signals from red to green.
Rep. John Vincent, R-Ashland, has drafted a bill intended to deter anyone other
than public safety and transit agencies from using mobile infrared
transmitters, or MIRT.
the proposal, a person caught using the device could be fined $250. Repeat
offenders could be jailed up to one year and pay a $500 fine.
person involved in an accident while using the device could be sentenced to one
year in prison and fined $500. A second accident conviction could result in a
five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.
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.