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