Motorcyclists stuck at red lights could soon get a pass

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 13, 2015 3:25 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- A state lawmaker from Cumberland County has proposed allowing motorcyclists to avoid getting stuck at red lights. 

Republican Representative Stephen Bloom says sensor-activated traffic signals can't always detect a person on a motorcycle.

So, his measure would give riders the option to go through if the signal is not responding.

"Certainly with any situation, there's not going to be a perfect answer. There's a problem now. Riders are being stuck at the lights," he says. They ultimately have to proceed through the lights or make a series of right turns to get through an intersection and that's not safe or beneficial either."

Bloom says the bill is not meant to give motorcyclists a free pass, just a legal alternative to sitting at a red light longer than a vehicle would.

"It's a common sense solution to a problem that the government created by setting up sensors that can't detect lawfully operated motor vehicles in our commonwealth," he says.

Currently, if is a rider is the only one at an intersection, it's possible the light will stay red until another, larger vehicle comes along. 

Under state law, the driver of any vehicle who runs a light is subject to a fine.     


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Comments: 2

  • PA_Observer img 2015-04-20 12:04

    Since you're going to allow the rider to determine the length of time for the light, how will the policeman determine who's breaking a law?

    This is silly legislation that can only add confusion

  • jacycarter img 2015-07-09 23:54

    Is it really had become a law. I think instead of making such laws authorities needs to compile the data and changed the signals timing accordingly. Like in most cases data evolution help to find the best possible solution that has also applied in such cases too. Like previously we have seen how comparison of data of motorcycle accidents rider's who wear motorcycle leather jackets with armors have less chances of serious injuries as compare to other riders. Same time on the signal in different hours of the day can be change according to the traffic burden on road.

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