has joined the growing list of states to pursue legislation that would outlaw
controllers that can change some traffic signals from red to green.
targeting the devices have recently been introduced in several state
legislatures, including California, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and Missouri.
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.
President Gene Therriault, R-North Pole, introduced a bill in Alaska Jan. 12 to
ban the sale or use of mobile infrared transmitters, or MIRT, by anyone other
than public safety and transit agencies.
SB255, anyone caught using the device could be charged with a Class A
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
recent U.S. Department of Transportation survey showed the devices are in use
at 26,500 intersections in 78 cities across the country.