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Driving through intersections during a power shutoff

Traffic signals will shut off in areas affected by a PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutoff). Prior to the shutoff, Santa Barbara County Public Works staff will set the signals to a flashing mode and set up stop signs at the signalized intersections. When signals are not working they should be treated as an all-way stop. When the PSPS concludes and power is restored, the signals will flash until Public Works staff can verify they are operating correctly.


During a PSPS, remember to follow the rules of the road at an intersection.


  • Slow down and be ready to stop when approaching an intersection.

  • Yield to traffic and pedestrians already in the intersection or just entering the intersection.

  • Yield to vehicles or bicycles that arrive first or are on your right if they reach the intersection at the same time as you.

  • When you turn left, give the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching that are close enough to be dangerous. When you turn right, be sure to check for pedestrians who want to cross the street and bicyclists riding next to you.

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