Kansas Motorcyclists Get the Green on Red

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Dead Red Bill Signed Into Law

The Kansas bill nicknamed “Dead Red Bill” has been signed into law by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

The bill, Kansas HB2192, allows 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 in late February, and was signed by the Governor April 15; the law becomes effective July 1.

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 the traffic signal.

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 not anymore due to the signing of the “Dead Red Bill.”

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 also applies to scooters and bicycles.