Motorcyclists allowed to run red lights

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Don't be surprised if you start seeing bikers running red lights! A new law that goes into effect this summer lets them do just that. They would only be allowed to run through a stop light if they've been waiting at one for a certain period of time. Some lights can't sense that a motorcyclist is there so this law allows them to pass through.

"I think it's a great idea...I think it's the same point that made "Right Turn on Red" and look what that's done for everybody and stops congestion," said Peter Daniel with Ultimate Cycle in Chesterfield County.

When a motorcycle or other two wheeled vehicle approaches an intersection, it's not heavy enough to trigger the traffic light to change like a car would. Daniel and other frustrated motorcyclists can't wait for this law to go into effect on July 1st.

Products like Red Light Changer claim to end log waits at red lights and only run about $20, but motorcyclists are on the fence about whether these products actually work.

"It doesn't work on every red light everywhere, but it does work on some of them!" said Daniel.

And while the bill has already been signed, drivers shared their thoughts about the new law.

"It can (be a good idea) if it's nobody coming... I mean as long as you're absolutely sure nobody's coming," said one driver.

"I don't think it's a good idea!" added another. "What about them getting hit by someone going the other way? Why can't I go through a red light?"

But don't expect two-wheeled vehicles to go running red lights all across the state. The new law would require that they come to a complete stop and wait through the two cycles before they can proceed through. Before this law, some motorcyclists say that their other options were to make a right hand turn to avoid the light or to wait for another car to pull up behind them.

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