New Pennsylvania law lets drivers run malfunctioning red lights

Under certain circumstances, drivers in Pennsylvania will soon be given the green light to run red lights.

Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill into law Wednesday that allows drivers to proceed through red lights if the light has a sensor that appears to be malfunctioning, preventing the light from turning green.  The law takes effect September 18.

The bill was introduced by Republican state Rep. Stephen Bloom, of Cumberland County, advocating for motorcyclists though it applies to all vehicles. Motorcycles are sometimes too light to trigger the weight sensors embedded in pavement that prompt lights to change.

Bloom says a driver must come to a complete stop and make sure it’s safe to continue before running a stalled red light.

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