Crossing against a red light

Q: Is it permissible to cross against a red light? Is there a difference whether one is pressed for time or it is Shabbat and there are no cars?
A: It is certainly forbidden to cross against a red light because of two reasons, each of with is sufficient:
1. It is a law of the State and the laws are binding. We are obviously not discussing a law which is contrary to the Torah. According to the Torah, the laws of the State are obligatory.
2. It is dangerous – both in Israel and in the rest of the world. There are parameters where it is proper to place a stop light based on information gathered from experience.
Regarding Shabbat, to our great distress, you cannot be certain that there are no cars.