If you’ve been riding long enough you’ve probably experienced ‘the wait’. That’s when you arrive at a red traffic signal that refuses to change to green.
Bikes often have a hard time tripping the sensors that make some traffic signal change, sometimes forcing riders to break the law by sneaking through the red, usually to discover there was a cop nearby watching and waiting to write a ticket, or at least give a stern warning.
Well, according to Fox News, legislators in Kansas feel your pain and have approved a bill allowing motorcyclists to cross stubborn red lights.
The "Dead Red" bill doesn’t give carte blanche for Montreal-style intersection insanity, and bikers must use their discretion and wait a reasonable amount of time for the light to change before deciding to go ahead.
According to a report from The Wichita Eagle, Rep. Owen Donohoe tried to amend the bill and kill it in its tracks, saying, “I see no skeletal remains of motorcyclists sitting at red lights that never change.”
The bill was also opposed by spoilsport police officers who wanted their patrol cars to be the only vehicles with traffic light immunity.