The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) is spreading the word about a new law that takes effect Oct. 1, which allows motorcycles, bicycles and scooters to go through intersections at red lights.
Traffic lights at more than 200 Valley intersections only change color when cars or trucks trigger sensors in the road. Motorcycles and scooters aren't heavy enough to trip the sensors, so riders often get stuck waiting at red lights until another vehicle comes around.
Assembly Bill 117, also called the Proceed on Red Law, allows riders to proceed straight or left through red lights after waiting for two complete signal cycles. The law says the intersection must be clear of traffic and pedestrians before the rider can continue.
The Safe on Red campaign is the NHP's way of informing riders about the changes through billboards and pamphlets that are being distributed around town.
"There's a light there and it's long. And I hit it every time," scooter rider Larry Sample said, describing an intersection at Russell Road and Decatur Boulevard.
Sample was relieved to learn about the new law because he's tired of waiting at red lights in the sun.
State Assemblyman Richard Carillo helped put the law into motion and get it passed in May.
"You are going to have people that don't follow the law, and they'll get reprimanded for that," said Carillo, who rides a motorcycle.
Carillo said the law should cut down on riders cutting through parking lots and finding other creative ways to maneuver around red lights.
Metro police said they'll be watching intersections and aggressively ticketing riders who break the rules. Fines start at $200. Police also said bikers and motorcyclists that go through red lights assume all liability if they get into an accident.
Police and NHP troopers are urging drivers and riders to be extra cautious, especially while everyone is getting familiar with the new law.
Metro says accidents and fatalities did not rise in the 12 other states that have adopted similar laws.
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