New Pa. law allows drivers to ‘ride on red’

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation that allows motorcyclists and other drivers to proceed through an intersection with a malfunctioning red light.

Signed into law as part of Act 101, the new law takes effect in 60 days.

The legislation authored by Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) allows drivers to proceed with caution when a traffic signal is unresponsive.

“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,” Bloom said in a statement.

Bloom’s “Ride on Red” proposal originally was intended for motorcycles, which often fail to trigger traffic lights. The measure was later expanded to apply to all vehicles.

“This law does not give drivers a free pass, but ensures a safe and legal option to avoid the danger and inconvenience of being trapped in perpetuity at a locked red light,” Bloom said. “This issue is more common than many people realize, especially on rural roads or during late hours when long periods often elapse before a heavier vehicle comes along to finally trip the unresponsive light.”

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