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starting today in Washington State it's legal to proceed through a malfunctioning red light for a left turn

woot!



http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Senate Passed Legislature/5141.PL.pdf


AN ACT Relating to allowing motorcycles to stop and proceed through
2 traffic control signals under certain conditions; and adding a new
3 section to chapter 46.61 RCW.
4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
5 NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 46.61 RCW
6 to read as follows:
7 Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the operator
8 of a street legal motorcycle approaching an intersection, including a
9 left turn intersection, that is controlled by a triggered traffic
10 control signal using a vehicle detection device that is inoperative due
11 to the size of the street legal motorcycle shall come to a full and
12 complete stop at the intersection. If the traffic control signal,
13 including the left turn signal, as appropriate, fails to operate after
14 one cycle of the traffic signal, the operator may, after exercising due
15 care, proceed directly through the intersection or proceed to turn
16 left, as appropriate.
 

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So happy this passed. I remember seeing something similar proposed a few years ago that required waiting through two cycles before being allowed to proceed, glad they shortened it.
 

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It will be in the section 46.61, but I don't see the text yet updated.
Chapter 46.61 RCW: RULES OF THE ROAD

I'd print a copy and have it ready. The police likely are not current in this.
apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/5141.SL.pdf

As always, this is state-by-state. If your state doesn't allow proceeding through a red light that doesn't detect the motorcycle, have your wallet ready. It'll cost you.
 

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Oh not at all well advertised, it's a terrible site.

I think my problem is I ended up burying the aggravation and made a conscious effort to avoid the intersections, but ~1/month I would forget about them until right before I rolled to the stop.

Then BAM! A wash of frustration that just built upon whatever remnants of impotent rage from the previous encounter with the light...

But now, with the new law? I can just scoot across the intersection with an ADV salute to the red-light camera in case it happens to snap a shot. I'd love to have that conversation in court.
 
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