Sixty days after Governor Tom Wolf signed the
“Ride on Red” legislation into law it officially went into effect on September 18, 2016. Introduced
by Rep. Stephen Bloom, the legislation was geared initially towards motorcyclists
who were having issues with vehicle detection systems at traffic signals
failing to recognize the motorcyclist’s presence. The law now allows
all motorists, including motorcyclists, 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 he or she proceed with caution
through the intersection. The driver should treat the red light like a
stop sign, where he or she stops, checks for oncoming traffic in all directions
and then proceeds carefully. The law does not specify how long a driver
must wait before he or she may proceed through the red light.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident
due to the fault of someone else, speak to one of the knowledgeable and
skilled personal injury attorneys at Metzger Wickersham. We’ll make
sure you get the maximum compensation you deserve.