Committee approval would give West Virginia a 'dead red' law

Publish Date: 
Apr 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.V. – West Virginia is poised to become the 11th state to pass a “dead red” law that lets bicyclists and motorcyclists proceed through a red light if the signal doesn’t change.

West Virginia HB 2772 says riders may proceed through a red light after they have been at a complete stop for two minutes.

Laws recently passed in Kansas and Illinois require riders to wait “a reasonable amount of time” before running a red light when the signal doesn’t change. Motorcycles and bicycles often are not heavy enough to trigger traffic control sensors.

The West Virginia Legislature passed the bill in March, pending a review by the House Judiciary Committee.

Posted by Holly Wagner