2-hour drive reveals 53 intersections without working stoplights

Eleven consecutive stoplights on Mt. Elliot aren’t working. At night, the intersections are so dark that it’s easy to drive through them without even noticing.

After Sunday night’s storm, traffic lights across the city are still out. In most cities, police officers would direct traffic or public works employees would post temporary stop signs.

But this is Detroit, and police are too busy to babysit intersections that could be without power for weeks. And there’s no money for stop signs.

On Thursday evening, we took a two-hour drive through the city and came across 53 intersections with nonworking lights. Many were at busy intersections on Woodward, Gratiot, Mack, Grand River, Harper and West Chicago.

“Someone’s gonna die; it’s only a matter of time,” Eric Williams, 57, told me as he waited for a bus on Mack near Mt. Elliot, where a busy intersection had no working lights. “I’ve seen some close calls.”

When traffic lights are out, drivers are supposed to treat the intersections as four-way stops. But that often doesn’t happen.

During a 10-minute period Thursday at the intersection of Mt. Elliot and Huber, nearly half of the 57 cars, trucks and rigs that approached the intersection failed to stop or yield.

We’ll continue to monitor the traffic lights and provide updates.

If you live in Detroit, let us know if traffic lights are out in your area. 


Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • lessthantolerant

    What a great idea, turn off all electricity to Detroit, their winters ca sometimes be brutal, Frozen parasitic followers of our boy king would make for great news stories.
    Maybe we could set up video cameras at these intersections, would make a great reality show, we could call it “Parasite Nation Bumper Pool”

  • rodan

    joumana kayrouz!

  • M Hopper

    “When traffic lights are out, drivers are supposed to treat the intersections as four-way stops. But that often doesn’t happen.”

    Often? Try 99.9% of the time. It’s sad how self-important people believe they are or that they hold some sort of entitlement that allows them to cruise through intersections barely without slowing down. You’ll see two, three, sometimes up to five, cars all go through at once, completely oblivious to how a 4-way stop is supposed to work. And then when I attempt to play by the rules, I get honked at and flipped off.

    • lessthantolerant

      Pardon me, have you ever seen blacks use rational thinking processes? You need to watch your simians more often.

  • Greg Thrasher

    Yawn….We are spending billions ot rebuild Iraq & Aft yet nothing for our cities here in America.. We have a Defense Budget in the billions!! Waste in the Pentagon for last decade is in the trillions Yes trillions !!!


    • Gunnut2600

      We can get oil and gas from Iraq, and a lot of different precious metals from Afghanistan. We can get house fires and homicides from Detroit…

      • Greg Thrasher

        Yeah sure keep falling in love with foreigners

      • lessthantolerant

        Devils night is quite fun to watch, the feral blacks have been burning their homes down for years.

        Devil’s Night in Detroit
        In Detroit and much of Michigan, the night is known infamously as Devil’s Night, a moniker now eternally linked with widespread arson. Devil’s Night was once, however, just a different name for more of the same: mischief. In spite of the notoriety of Devil’s Night, Detroit is not the only region to experience an escalation from pranks to arson on October, 30th. Camden, New Jersey had its own period of Mischief-Night-related arson in the 1990s that easily rivaled Detroit’s
        See anywhere you get a large group of feral blacks together you get waste and destruction.

    • geek49203

      Guns versus butter? Dude, metro Detroit got really wealthy on defense contracts back in the day. And in fact, the post WW2 boom in Detroit was caused ’cause WE WON THE WAR. And quite frankly, we spent that money rebuilding Iraq, and it’s still Iraq. Ditto with Afghanistan. Guess what we’d get for pouring more money into the City of Detroit?

      • Greg Thrasher

        Please spare us the revisionist history .. I live in America not Iraq

      • lessthantolerant

        Increased parasitic behavior and more droppings to grow Parasite Nation?

  • bebow

    Why do we let the elected and appointed step on our backs to wipe their feet? Are we stupid? Is this Calcutta?

    • Gary

      Kolkata is a hell of a lot nicer than Detroit!