Motorcyclists can legally run red lights in Nevada
New law allows those on lightweight 2- and 3-wheeled vehicles to go on red if a traffic light doesn’t change within two cycles.
At traffic lights, have you ever maneuvered your car back and forth so the sensors in the pavement would switch them from red to green?
Just think how motorcyclists and bicyclists feel, since their 2-wheeled vehicles don’t always have the weight to trigger traffic-light sensors in the pavement.
Some resort to dismounting to push a crosswalk button to force the light to change. Or they simply run a red light and risk getting a citation.
But starting Oct. 1 in Nevada, riders of 2- and 3-wheeled vehicles can legally run a red light in the Silver State, although there are stipulations.
The rider must first come to a complete stop. Then they have to sit at an intersection for at least two light cycles and there can be no other vehicles around at the time. Nevada is just the latest state to legalize running a red for people on two or three wheels. Nearly a dozen other states already allow it, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Nebraska.
The difference is that in Nevada, police haven’t opposed the law like in other places where it has passed. But according to KSNV News3 TV in Las Vegas, law enforcement officials think it will be difficult to determine whether riders are adhering to the new rule since they’ll have to prove that someone waited through two light cycles before running a red.[Source: Autoblog]
And yes, I have run red lights 3 times in a 4-wheeled vehicle. All in the same morning about 6AM. Each time I stopped, checked, and then proceeded, twice in the oncoming lane. Light traffic, was a holiday. But we did arrive in time, my wife birthed the baby while I was still filling out the hospital paperwork. If a cop had stopped us, HE would have been delivering the baby.
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