has joined the growing list of states to pursue legislation that would outlaw
controllers that can change some traffic signals from red to green.
traffic-light changer is designed to allow police, fire and other emergency
officials to clear intersections before they approach. But some impatient
drivers have managed to purchase them on the Internet for as low as $100, the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
can even buy kits and build the signal changer themselves.
targeting the devices have been introduced in several state legislatures
including Alaska, Indiana, Kansas and Kentucky. Two such bills have been
introduced in the Missouri Legislature.
bill sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, would make the
possession or use of Mobile Infrared Transmitters, or MIRT, by anyone except
emergency personnel a Class A misdemeanor punishable up to a year in jail and a
$1,000 fine. HB1052 would also ban selling a transmitter to non-emergency
Rep. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, has sponsored similar legislation – HB1060 –
that would also make possession of the device a Class A misdemeanor.
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
A recent U.S. Department of
Transportation survey showed the devices are in use at 26,500 intersections in
78 cities across the country.