HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania motorcyclists and other drivers would be allowed to proceed through intersections when red lights fail to turn green under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House of Representatives.
House Bill 950 would give drivers the option to proceed with caution when traffic signals are unresponsive.
Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) said he introduced his proposal because vehicle detection systems at many intersections are not always triggered by motorcycles and riders often become stuck at red lights. The measure was expanded in committee to apply to all vehicles.
“This bill doesn’t give riders or anyone else a free pass to run red lights, but it does provide them with a sensible safe option under established standards already in place for other types of signal malfunctions,” Bloom said in a statement.
“If the vehicle detection system fails to recognize the vehicle and the driver has come to a complete stop, the driver must then make sure it is safe to continue, and only then would they be able to lawfully proceed with caution through the intersection.”
The proposal is awaiting debate in the Senate.