Here's a question of sincere curiosity for any of those who are "in the know" about such legal matters:
situation 1) a red light is stuck, it is NOT operational and a driver is waiting to proceeed but the light is STUCK! No traffic coming in any direction ... how long does a driver have to wait, reasonably, before he or she can LEGALLY(?) proceed through the red light to continue merrily on their way?
I am asking a serious question, because it seems to me to be a real 'red herring', cause no matter what - one would STILL be 'breaking the law' in it's full legal import and statute, even if one waited a half an hour but the broken light wouldn't change. What does one do?
situation 2) Traffic is absolutely, horribly stuck because ot a multiple car pile-up on a freeway somewhere. The law says "NO U-TURN" but there is a median on which one could easily and SAFELY make a corrective u-turn in order to circumnavigate said traffic accident on another side road somewhere, however ... doing so would, in the letter of the law, be illegal.
In this case, would one have to wait an hour? Six hours? Two days?
At what point in time, does the law - in cases such as the above - cease to remain legitimate ... ?
Situation 3) same as situation two, but remaining in said stationary position would gravely endanger one's health and welfare (ie: being rear-ended by following traffic at speed because you are in a blind spot) ?