A new law in Kentucky takes effect Wednesday, July 15.
Effective immediately, motorcyclists in the state will be allowed to legally drive through red lights where a signal change is triggered by sensors in the pavement that detect vehicles at an intersection. Lightweight vehicles like motorcycles are often not detected by the sensors, forcing riders to sit at a stop signal for extended periods.
To alleviate the problem, Kentucky this year became the 15th state to implement the so-called “safe on red” law that allows motorcyclists to legally drive through red lights.
“This is a safety issue to keep motorcyclists from being struck from behind, or struck while waiting for a light to change,” read a news release from the Kentucky Motorcycle Association. “Most times at such accidents, the driver claims he didn’t see the motorcycle.”
The Crittenden Press