LAS VEGAS - A viewer says he is surprised to learn a new law will allow motorcyclists to drive through a red light. He wants to know why motorcycles aren't given a flashing yellow arrow instead.
The reason is that motorcycles, scooters and bikes are too light to trigger the signal's detection. Lights change with the help of video cameras and loop sensors installed underground across the lanes.
Some motorcycle riders have tried installing legal magnetic triggers under their bikes to trigger the induction loop sensors to no avail.
The new law takes effect October 1. Drivers of two or three-wheeled vehicles must make a complete stop at a red light. If two full signal cycles occur without a green light, the driver can proceed straight or turn left, while yielding to other traffic and pedestrians.
State lawmakers passed the legislation in reaction to an increase in motorists using motorcycles, scooters, and bikes due to high gas prices. The Nevada Department of Public Safety and Nevada Department of Transportation are posting "Safe on Red" messages on 18 billboards. Police are reminding riders they must wait two full cycles, before they can go. They also must yield to traffic and pedestrians.
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