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Temporary traffic signs during power outages against state policy

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

When early morning storms knocked out power across Mid-Michigan, several traffic lights went down too.

"It's confusing, whenever the power's down," said Audrey Larner.

The confusion can be extremely dangerous.

"The stop sign will remind them to stop," said Daniel Watters.

You may have seen temporary stop signs some communities put up to help ease that confusion.

But, that is in direct violation of state policy.

The Michigan Department of Transportation said those temporary signs only cause more confusion.

"We don't want them to have to guess, behind the wheel, about how they'll approach that intersection," said Jocelyn Hall, an MDOT spokeswoman.

Genesee County Road Commission Director John Daly said he hates the policy and believes those temporary signs save lives.

But his Saginaw County counterpart, Joe Wisniewski said he agrees with the policy and said the problem comes when those signs are put in some areas but not others.

"If you start getting small pockets of an area that do install the signs, you're training drivers then to start looking for them," Wisniewski said.

Hall said it comes down to clarity.

"We don't really want to put drivers in a position where we're confusing them with the number of signals we have out," Hall said. "To just kind of approach each intersection with the same practices has helped us kind of leave drivers comfortable."

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