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One Step Closer to Red Light Reform for Riders

  03/25/2014 at 13:12 pm

One Step Closer to Red Light Reform for Riders

March 25, 2014

Senate Bill 5141 Passes
Washington Motorcycles Will Be Allowed to Run Faulty Lights
Imagine you’re on your  motorcycle, and there are no other cars on the road. You approach a red light  and wait, and wait, and wait, and wait… because you alone with your bike are  not enough to trip the sensor on the pavement that triggers the light to turn  green. Your only option is to turn right.

It’s a safety hazard and an  annoyance for riders across Washington. We at Eagle Leather know how important  this issue has been to the members of our riding community. So when Senate Bill  5141 was proposed to allow Washington motorcyclists to run red lights at empty  intersections when the sensor fails, we paid attention. We've been following  the progression of this law since last year, and we even collected a list of  faulty traffic lights from you--our loyal readers—to send to WSDOT. Now it seems  that progress is finally being made in the state capitol. The bill passed the  Senate on February 10 with a 46-2 vote.

Sen. Jim Hargrove,  D-Hoquiam, expressed concern about the lack of detection by some traffic lights  as a potential hazards for riders and drivers alike. “It becomes quite  dangerous because you have cars piling up behind you, they start honking at  you, then they start going around you,” Hargrove said during a Feb. 10 debate  on the Senate floor.
Others expressed concern about  car drivers seeing motorcyclists running red lights and thinking they could do  the same. "What's to stop a car from going through a red light if they see  a motorcycle doing it?" Ken Barnes of White Center asked.

The passed bill was  delivered to the governor on March 13, where it is expected to be signed into  law. We want to hear more of your thoughts. Tell us what you think of the bill  now that it’s passed in the state Senate. Sound off on the Eagle Leather  Facebook Page.
Click here to read the legislative history of the bill.

By Eagle Leather