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September 28, 2013
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New law will let motorcycles, bicycles go through red lights

A new law goes into effect Tuesday that will allow vehicles such as motorcycles and bicycles to go through or turn left even though the traffic light is red.

The new “proceed on red” law allows those types of vehicles to go after waiting through two complete signal cycles without getting a green light. Very often, those types of vehicles don’t have the mass to be recognized by the signal systems.

“Sensors in traffic signals are triggered by the metal surface area of a vehicle and its alignment with signal detectors,” according to a spokesman.

The departments of Motor Vehicles and Transportation are looking to get the word about the law out through a public-awareness campaign dubbed “Safe on Red.” Posters will be put in more than 200 motorcycle and bicycle shops around the state.

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The Record Courier Updated Oct 10, 2013 03:40PM Published Sep 28, 2013 04:04PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.