Texas state lawmaker wants to outlaw the possession of devices 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.
Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, has drafted a bill intended to deter
anyone other than public safety and transit agencies from possessing so-called
mobile infrared transmitters, or MIRTs.
proposal – HB190 – calls for violators to face up to a $2,000 fine and/or up to
six months in jail.
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
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.