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Post by mogu83 on Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:06 pm

Late to the party AGAIN, their's a bill in the NJ legislature to allow a motorcycle to proceed through a red light when the calibration on the light doesn't allow it to 'see' a motorcycle.   It's presently in committee, and it will be interesting to see how they twist this relatively simple bill around so it's useless.

S1400 text:
Notwithstanding subsections a. and b. of this section, when
 an operator of a motorcycle, motorized bicycle, or bicycle
 approaches a traffic control signal that is displaying a
 malfunctioning steady red light, the operator may proceed through
 that intersection if the operator: (1) comes to a full and complete
 stop at the intersection for two complete cycles of the opposing
 traffic control signal or for two minutes, whichever is shorter; and
(2) otherwise treats the traffic control signal as a stop intersection,
as provided in R.S.39:4-144.
(cf: P.L.2004, c.92, s.1)
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Post by JerryK on Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:59 pm

That’s a lot better than getting off the bike and jumping up and down on the sensor in the blacktop!

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Post by egschade on Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:51 am

Knew about this one. I believe there's already a law concerning malfunctioning red lights that allows one to proceed after a 'reasonable' period of waiting. Not recognizing a motorcycle could be considered a malfunction.

I have done that a couple times and was pulled over on once occasion. When I explained it to the officer he said something to the effect of 'sounds reasonable' and let me go.
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Post by Mac on Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:02 am

Oh you mean that's not legal now. Very Happy
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Post by mogu83 on Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:54 am

It's NOT legal to go straight thru a red light in New Jersey. It is in a lot of other States but you better be sure if there is a LEO around.
Pennsylvania passed a similar law a year,or so, ago but they managed to screw that up royally. In PA any vehicle can go thru a red light if they think the light isn't working (no time specified). So if your ridding down a nice country road in PA and about to go thru a green light, that truck sitting at the red could just pull in front of you. The driver would say 'It was a motorcycle I didn't see it' the judge would agree and you would be dead.
It makes sense to let a MC go through because chances are he won't pull in front on an 18 wheeler.
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Post by mogu83 on Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:56 am

This has been sitting in the Senate transportation committee waiting action for almost a year.  It's sister bill in the assembly ( A3204) in the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee has suffered the same fate.

Strange they can pass a tax increase in a week or two but this seems to be a major issue.

The bill is relatively short, seems like anything (like Veterans MC license plates ) just goes into a Transportation committee and dies.



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Post by egschade on Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:58 pm

Have to agree with you. If there's not financial benefit to the State it sits while other more 'important' legislation (tax increases) sail right through into law.
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