News Motorcycles to Run Red Lights: Bill Update

Motorcycles to Run Red Lights: Bill Update

Kansas Motorcycle Legislation

Red lights have been given motorcyclists problems ever since sensors were designed into them; these sensors act as triggers for red lights to turn green if a vehicle is waiting at a light.

But the problem is motorcycles don’t always trigger the sensors, and the light fails to turn green. This could leave a motorcycle at a red light for quite some time.

But Kansas lawmakers are pushing to change this with a new bill.

The bill, Kansas HB2192, nicknamed "Dead Red Bill," would allow motorcyclists to run a red light if the signal fails to turn green after a "reasonable period of time." Dead Red Bill was passed by the Kansas House earlier this week, and is now awaiting for Senate approval.

The bill says: "a red signal, which fails to change a green light within a reasonable period of time because …the signal has failed to detect the arrival of a motorcycle …because of its size or weight …shall have the right to proceed subject to the rules."

The bill would also apply to scooters and bicycles.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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