Strange Kansas Law - Motorcycles Are Allowed to Run Red Lights
Motorcycles Are Allowed to Run Red Lights in Kansas.
On Feb. 22, the Kansas House approved a bill that will allow motorcycle drivers to run a red light – but only under certain conditions.
Called the "Dead Red" bill, it gives bikers a free pass to go on a red light if the traffic light fails to turn green after a "reasonable period of time." This is because most motorcycles are not big enough to trigger the traffic light sensor that determines when a light is supposed to turn green.
The bill is supposed to prevent motorcycle drivers and bicycle riders from being ticketed or fined for running a red light that did not change because of malfunctioning traffic signals or sensors that don't detect bikes. Before the bill, a biker would have to wait until a car came along to trigger the sensor.
"Cars and trucks have no problem with it, but motorcycles have always been an issue," Crawford County, Kan., Deputy Sheriff Bob Peters told fox14tv.com. "You may be on a section or roadway where you may wait for five minutes and there may not be other traffic along to trigger the sensor."