I just love the OMG! OMG! OMG! hand wringing sensationalism of this pathetic headline Proposed Law Would Allow Motorcyclists To Run Some Red Lights. It’s like the coming traffic armagedden or something when in fact its such a trivial thing that is already law in a lot of states. But then routine and common sense doesn’t make the papers unless its the Brady Campaign or Peak Traffic’s brand of “common sense” which has to be put into quotes to indicate the words don’t mean what you think they mean….
Anyway, bicyclists and motorcyclists have battled sensor activated stop lights for years. The induction loop sensors commonly used for triggering especially on demand turn lanes sense metal mass. Something that bicyclists and motorcycles don’t have much of compared to 4 wheelers. Usually the highway or municipal street departments are good to get the signals adjusted properly, but not everywhere and not every light and its often reactive management.
So what this super scary law does is allow a 2 wheeler to treat a light that won’t sense their presence as a 4 way stop and proceed with caution.
Tragic abuse of the legislative process, I know….