State law lets drivers run malfunctioning red lights

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new Pennsylvania law is giving drivers the green light to run red lights — under certain circumstances.

The bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. 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 Rep. 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.