News Law Motorcycles Could Say Goodbye to Red Lights in Georgia

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Motorcycles Could Say Goodbye to Red Lights in Georgia Hot

red_lightRed lights, who needs them? Lawmakers in Georgia are proposing a bill that would allow motorcycles to run red lights. Kind of.

The new law, proposed by Georgia legislator Ann Purcell, would require motorcycles to come to a complete stop at a red light. The motorcycle would then have to wait 60 seconds and check for traffic before proceeding through the light.

60 seconds might seem like a long time to wait, but many red lights don't see motorcycles. If you're stopped at one of those stubborn lights, you have two choices; break the law and run the light, or wait for a car to pull up beside you.

"When you get an inoperable signal, you can sit there all night if you want to," said Purcell.

The Georgia law would allow for motorcyclists to run those red lights, without risking a ticket.

A few other states have similar legislation, and in California, a new law requires stoplights to be fitted with new sensors that can see motorcycles. Kansas also just passed a "red dead" law that would allow motorcycles to run red lights.

Georgia may be showing some motorcycle appreciation with their new red light law, but they also created a stir earlier in the week with "motorcycle only checkpoints."

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+1 # ironboltbruce 2011-03-04 08:22
Motorcycle Checkpoints, Defy them to defeat them: http://wp.me/p19dS3-6q
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0 # R. Soon 2011-05-24 12:03
I'm with it. The title was worrisome, but this makes plenty of sense, and is certainly more cost-effective than installing modified magnetic sensors everywhere. Or it could work as an interim law if there is intent to keep installing the upgraded sensors.
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0 # conjob 2011-05-24 12:08
if this gets passed for motorcycles, it should apply to bicycles as well!
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0 # Atlanta Rider 2011-05-25 10:16
Quoting conjob:
if this gets passed for motorcycles, it should apply to bicycles as well!

AGREED- Its silly to justify this if not to include Bicycles. I understand motorcyclist pain, I will sit at lights all the time and if there is heavy traffic I have no choice but sit and hope that someone comes by and triggers the light. There is some state that refers this as the "stop at red, yield at a stop" Meaning for cyclist, Stop signs can be used as a yield to other traffic and Red lights must come to complete stop before moving forward and yielding to traffic.
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0 # Stonemason 2011-06-06 14:35
Just shows our government has more money than it knows what to do with.
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