Utah House Transportation Committee approved legislation Jan. 21 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,
according to published reports.
can even buy kits and build the signal changer themselves.
sponsored by state Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, would prohibit the possession
or use of mobile infrared transmitters, or MIRT, by anyone except emergency
bill now heads to the full House for consideration.
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.