New 'dead red' stoplight law will allow motorcyclists to drive through a red light

Indiana passed a "dead red" law that allows motorcyclists to pass through a red light in certain circumstances. Here's what it means for you.

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 4:52 p.m.

A new law in Indiana will likely have motorcyclists rejoicing.

The so-called "dead red" law will allow motorcyclists, moped riders and bicyclists to drive through a red light that they've failed to trigger it to turn green, as long as they've stopped for two minutes and then proceed cautiously, The Kokomo Perspective reported.

“Many traffic signals cannot detect motorcycles or bicycles, causing frustration and potential danger for the driver and for other motorists on the road,” said Indiana Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, who wrote the bill.

“When the signal isn’t triggered, that leaves the motorcyclist with the choice of, one, disregarding the signal anyhow, two, waiting for a car to pull up behind them and get on the scale. Then the motorcyclist has to pull their wheel out into the intersection to make room for that car. Or, they can make a right turn and drive a mile or so out of their way until they can turn and go back the other way," he told The Kokomo Perspective.

The law does not apply to cars, trucks, vans or other large vehicles.

The Indiana General Assembly passed the law 84-10 in March, making Indiana the 15th state in the U.S. to have a law like this on the books.

What do you think about the new "dead red" law? How do you think it will affect the safety of vehicles on the roads?


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