Motorcycle Law

Motorcycle Traffic Light Law

We all know that green (besides being the color of money which we all like) means go, but what if red—as in a red traffic light—can mean go, too? We all know that green (besides being the color of money which we all like) means go, but what if red—as in a red traffic light—can mean go, too? According to an article posted recently on USA Today's Web site, more than a handful of states, with South Carolina becoming the seventh, have passed laws allowing motorcyclists to proceed through red lights (after stopping first and exercising caution, of course) when sensors are not able to detect they are there.

There are a lot of questions and concerns that have arisen from this issue, with one being from the FHA regarding that such laws raise safety concerns. Yet biker groups have lobbied for the change believing the laws are common sense. Some folks have further claimed that the laws empower motorcyclists to make up their own rules of the road. Do these laws advocate disobeying traffic control devices, as some believe? Other states are choosing a technological solution, such as California, that when installing new traffic signals, they must be capable of detecting motorcycles and bicycles, or in other places, replacing all the ineffective traffic-detection devices, which could take years.

So, what do you all think about this? Please not everybody send in the coordinates of every traffic signal around the country by their house that doesn't detect they are there (appreciate it). Also, anyone have a Green Light Trigger on their bike (which straps onto it and causes the light to think a car is there), and how is that working?