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Pennsylvania law lets drivers run malfunctioning red lights

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 23, 2016 7:34 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A new Pennsylvania law is giving drivers the green light to run red lights - under certain circumstances.

The bill signed into law this week by Governor Tom Wolf takes effect Sept. 18.

It allows drivers to proceed through red lights if the light has a sensor that appears to be malfunctioning, preventing the light from turning green.

Republican state Representative Stephen Bloom, of Cumberland County, introduced the bill at the urging of 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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