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A new Ohio law allows drivers to pass through red lights if they believe the intersection has a malfunctioning traffic signal.

House Bill 154, which passed in December, amended the Ohio Revised Code to address the issue of drivers stuck at an intersection when the light is not functioning properly.

The law requires drivers to “stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, stop before entered the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, stop before entering the intersection.”

The law doesn’t go into effect until March 21, but it’s already getting push back from drivers.

Driving instructor Lindsay Paulo, owner of Precision Driving Academy, explained that the law does not specify how long a driver must wait before determining that the signal is broken.

“They have left it open ended,” Paulo said. “So what is reasonable to you might not be reasonable to me.”

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