Should Bikers Be Allowed to "Ride on Red" Lights?

If you ride a motorcycle, you know how it feels to sit at a traffic light waiting for it to turn green. Streetlights were designed to detect cars by their size and weight, meaning riders are left waiting at intersections until a car appears to trigger the light cycle. Motorcycles are too small for an electronic eye to see them and too light for weight sensors to detect them. There have been gadgets developed to help riders with this issue, including large magnets mounted to the bottom of the bike, but none are foolproof.

Some people have requested for lights to simply be adjusted to see motorcycles, as many streetlights have customizable sensors. However, getting local townships to adjust the streetlights is a battle that demanded a common-sense solution: a law giving riders the right to run the red. Last year, a law took effect that provided riders with the ability to (cautiously) drive through unresponsive streetlights. Officially titled “Act 101,” the bill was called the “Ride on Red” proposal.

Originally written to accommodate riders, the law was amended to apply to all vehicles.

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The new bill had quite a bit of support through its passage, including the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) of Pennsylvania. A lobbyist for ABATE stressed that riders have been dealing with this problem for decades. He states some riders run the red light, and if cited, have a good chance at getting the ticket dismissed in court for a faulty traffic signal. However, any days in court take away from time at work, and it’s hardly a solution—this law promises to mitigate that.

As motorcycle injury lawyers in Pennsylvania, we know that riders are some of the most cautious motorists on the road. Most motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the rider, but the driver in the car. Most people who do not ride simply fail to properly estimate the speed of a motorcycle approaching. Many others are not looking for a motorcycle before merging and pull into traffic blind. In virtually all of these cases, it’s the rider who pays the price for driver negligence.

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If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, Handler Henning & Rosenberg knows what you’re going through. We meet our clients wherever they need us—at the hospital, at therapy, or at their homes to provide them with free consultations about their legal rights.

We want you to make informed decisions every step of the way, so we make sure you understand everything before proceeding. Contact us today if you would like to speak to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at our firm today. Our six office locations ensure that we are never far from your front door.

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