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States green-light new red-light laws for motorcycles

June 11, 2008 by  

Motorcyclists in a growing number of states are being allowed to go through red lights when sensors aren’t able to detect they are there.

In May, South Carolina became the seventh state to give motorcyclists license to proceed with caution after stopping when the device that causes the light to change from red to green doesn’t activate, according to Imre Szauter, government affairs manager for the American Motorcyclist Association.


North Carolina passed a similar law in 2007. Wisconsin (2006), Idaho (2006) Arkansas (2005), Tennessee (2003) and Minnesota (2002), all have passed laws the past six years, Szauter said. Bills have been introduced for the same purpose in Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the legislative websites for those states.

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One Response to “States green-light new red-light laws for motorcycles”

  1. Hersey on June 11th, 2008 8:14 am

    This has been brought up several times during the Virginia legislative sessions. I think last year there was an actual piece of legislation for this but I do not remember what the bill number was.

    This does not happen as much around here since most of the lights now have the camera sensors in stead of the ground loop sensors.


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