By Kimberly Eiten

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Baltimore city leaders voted Monday night to sync traffic lights within the the next few weeks.

City Council President Jack Young said right now, Baltimore’s traffic lights work against drivers, sometimes forcing them to stop where their cars block intersections.

Starting next month, drivers can be fined for blocking intersections, as part of the “Don’t Block the Box” campaign.

“We’re asking them not to move forward until all the lights have been properly synchronized, so that we can make sure that the free flow of traffic is flowing in such a manner that we can make sure that people don’t be trapped in the box,” said Young.

Starting May 1, police will issue warnings to drivers. Soon after, they could be hit with $90 fines for blocking intersections.

The council’s resolution, which was passed Monday, asks Baltimore City Department of Transportation to sync traffic lights before fines begin.

Drivers tell WJZ, they support the resolution.

“It would be nice, especially during rush hour. It’s a mess during rush hour,” driver Andrea Brinkley said.

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Kimberly Eiten

Comments (2)
  1. You talk about priority’s out of wack! Innocent people are being assaulted and murdered due to violet crime that is so out of control and they are worried about syncing traffic lights. Another money making scheme by the city crooks! I guess the mayor needs more money for bus rides, free lunches and tee shirts OR maybe more money for here ILLEGAL alien fund. SMH at their stupidity…

    1. Do you support drivers blocking the box, especially during rush hour? What happens if one person blocks an intersection so no cross traffic can get through? What happens if a police vehicle, ambulance, or fire truck are in that cross traffic responding to an emergency, like an act of violent crime you speak of where someone got hurt? What if there is an evacuation and people need to get out of the city? What if there is a major event in or near the city?

      Many major cities around the country have crime issues as well, and nearly all of them have don’t-block-the-box laws. It’s about time Baltimore, another large important city, got on board. Not only does it improve operations and public safety for emergency response, but it makes conditions clearer for pedestrians and bicyclists, reduces stress for frustrated motorists, and reduce crash risk, which can save lives and money to all road users and the city.