Representatives voted 39-34 in favor of the measure, sponsored by Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan.
House Bill 151, if passed, would allow a driver to head through a red light if they are waiting on a highway with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour, or lower, during a time of "extremely low traffic levels." Drivers must stop for at the light for at least 90 seconds before they are allowed to proceed if it is still red, the bill's text specifies.
The driver must also determine there are no other vehicles at or near the intersection that would be unsafe, if there are no pedestrians attempting to cross at or near the intersections and no other safety concerns.
The bill moves to the Senate for a vote. It is sponsored in that body by Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi.