New Nevada Law Lets Motorcycles Go on Red

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RENO -- Under a new law, motorcyclists will be allowed to go through red lights. Starting October 1, if a motorcyclist comes to a red light at a signal that doesn't seem to be working or has failed to detect the motorcycle, the rider will be allowed to go through. Assembly bill 117 enables motorcyclists, moped, trimobile and bike riders to go through red lights after waiting for two rounds of the signal without getting a green light.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said signals use sensors to detect metal, which may make it more difficult to detect motorcycles than vehicles.

The new law still requires motorcycles to stop at a light, and only proceed through a red if it's safe.

"Striker," a motorcycle rider, said there has been some confusion among inexperienced riders about what to do when a signal malfunctions.

"They end up making a right hand turn across two or three lanes because they don't know what to do," he said.

Nevada has launched a web site to educate people on the new law.