Posted Feb 15th 2013 10:59AM
There is a new law being proposed that would allow motorcyclists to drive through red traffic lights, if the riders have already waited at least two minutes for the light to change. This situation happens more than non-cyclists may realize, say advocates of the proposed law, as some traffic sensors that help coordinate the lights are not triggered by lightweight motorcycles as they are by cars and trucks.
The bill (proposed by Nebraska state Senator Paul Schumacher) stipulates that if there are no other cars around, and if the biker has waited for at least two minutes, it should be legal for them to violate the normal red light provision. Proponents say that this will keep riders from either sitting at a light for long periods of time, sometimes in adverse conditions, or from simply breaking the law out of convenience. Those opposed, including Nebraska's Sheriffs' Association, say that it will be nearly impossible to keep track of the two-minute time, and therefore a difficult law to enforce.
Call us pessimistic, but we've got to wonder how many bikers are sitting at red lights for more than two minutes, with no one else around, right now? Some law-abiding folks there in the American Cornhusker State, we suppose.
Actually, similar laws have been considered elsewhere in North America, already. Back in 2011 the state of Illinois considered a similar measure, for cities with less than two million in population. What say you? Should bikers be allowed to run a red after waiting two minutes? Check in with our poll below after finding out the full story in the following video.
|Not Sure||20 (2.6%)|
|Who waits?||41 (5.4%)|
|Don't Care||35 (4.6%)|