bill in the Rhode Island General Assembly would outlaw the sale or use of
devices that can change some traffic signals from red to green.
Rep. Joseph McNamara, D-Warwick, has introduced a measure intended to deter
anyone other than public safety and transit agencies from using Mobile Infrared
Transmitters, or MIRT.
H7119, a person caught selling or using the devices could 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
changers are designed to allow police, fire and other emergency officials to
clear intersections before they approach. The devices have 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.
proposals have also been introduced in other state legislatures, including
California, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia and Alaska.