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Utah drivers may soon be able to legally pass through red lights

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- Soon Utah drivers may not have to wait at those pesky red lights when there is no other traffic present.

H.B. 416 allows drivers stopped at a red light on a highway with a speed limit of 55 or lower to pass through light if there aren’t any other vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclist nearby.

According to the Associated Press, the bill sponsor, Rep. Ken Ivory of West Jordan, drafted the proposal after a constituent complained about waiting at an intersection where a red light wouldn’t change. He says the sensor apparently wouldn’t detect his car because of a lane shift for construction. He eventually drove on through, but ended up getting ticketed.

The bill passed the House Transportation Committee Tuesday on a 5-2 vote.

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