bill in the New York Legislature that sought to outlaw the use of devices that
can change some traffic signals from red to green has died.
remained in the Assembly Transportation Committee when the session ended,
effectively killing it for the year. The bill – S281 – unanimously passed the
Senate this spring.
traffic-light changer is designed to allow police, fire and other emergency
officials to clear intersections before they approach. But some drivers have
managed to purchase them on the Internet for less than a couple of hundred
by Sen. Owen Johnson, R-West Babylon, the dead bill was intended to deter
anyone other than public safety and transit agencies from using so-called
mobile infrared transmitters, or MIRTs. Violators would have faced a fine as
much as $300.