Running Red Lights, I know you’ve done it.

If you ride a motorcycle long enough it will happen to you. You’ll be sitting waiting at a light all by yourself and it will never turn green. If you’re really unlucky you’ll watch an entire cycle of lights or more while you wait. Waiting for the sensor to detect you, waiting for a car to come an trigger the green, or waiting for you to just forget it and take one last look for any officers of the law and go anyway.

Lately a few states have passed laws allowing motorists to run the red light if a full cycle has passed or 5 minutes, as long as it is safe to do so.

Sadly it’s still illegal in California. I guess if I had to choose I’ll keep lane sharing over this law, but would be too much to have both?

Red Light 280

http://bikerlawblog.com/2010/01/25/why-is-a-riverside-california-motorcycli/

http://motorbikewriter.com/riders-run-red-lights/

http://www.khq.com/story/25789697/new-motorcycle-law-in-effect

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About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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2 Responses to Running Red Lights, I know you’ve done it.

  1. It is absolutely ridiculous that any motorcyclist should be legally required to sit at a non-responsive red light until they die of old age. I cannot understand how ANYONE could be critical of a law that allows us to proceed with our lives when a technical flaw prevents traffic lights from recognizing a motorcycle.

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