How many times have you sat on your motorcycle at a stoplight that cycles over and over without giving you a green light?
It’s a common occurrence for motorcycle riders in Louisville. The stoplight sensors in the street just don’t “see” motorcycles.
A new law is coming to Kentucky on July 15, 2015, HB 370 could fix that issue and help bikers get rolling again. Motorcyclists will be able to cross an intersection with a red light, if.
- The motorcycle is at a complete stop;
- The traffic control signal continued to show a steady red light for 120 seconds or the traffic control signal at the intersection has completed two lighting cycles;
- The traffic control signal was apparently malfunctioning or, if programmed or engineered to change to a green light only after detecting the approach of a motor vehicle, the signal apparently failed to detect the arrival of a motorcycle; and
- No vehicle or person was approaching on the street or highway to be crossed or entered, or any approaching person or vehicle was so far away from the intersection that it did not constitute an immediate hazard.
The Kentucky Motorcycle Association says the law is necessary because it protects Kentucky bikers, who can get stuck, waiting for a red light to turn green, and some stop lights won’t detect motorcycles because they are lightweight.
Kentucky is the 15th state to pass a “red light law.” Illinois and Indiana already have the law in effect.