HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania, the largest motorcycle rights group in the state, is supporting the “Ride on Red” bill.
“This problem has been around for years,” said Charles Umbenhauer, a lobbyist for A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania. “Motorcyclists can be stuck at a red light, so eventually they have to take a chance and go.”
House Bill 950 would allow motorcyclists to proceed through a red light safely if the light is malfunctioning. Although many traffic light sensors will pick up cars, many do not detect motorcycles.
“One of my constituents sent me an email detailing his frustration at being caught at numerous intersections around my district,” said Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) “It is a matter of fixing something that the government is doing wrong and to give people the freedom to do the right thing, safely, without getting ticketed.”
Right now, those who proceed through a red light run the risk of being fined.
“The problem is if you have to take a day off work to go to work to defend yourself, and maybe you got the ticket one hundred miles from here, who is going do it? You pay the ticket whether you think it was fair or not,” Umbenhauer said. “If (Bloom) wants to come out and do this, we are certainly going to be supportive of it and do everything to make it happen and maybe this time it will.”
The bill has been referred to the Transportation Committee and would also apply to mopeds and bicyclists.