Pa. law giving drivers option to ‘ride on red’ takes effect

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation that allows motorcyclists and other drivers to proceed through intersections with a malfunctioning red light is officially law.

Act 101 of 2015 took effect Sunday, 60 days after it was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on July 20.

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

The law says if a 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 may they proceed with caution through the intersection.

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

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