As of next Tuesday, October 1, motorcyclists, cyclists, moped and tri-wheel riders in Nevada will be legally allowed to run red lights under one condition: there is no other traffic around, and they have waited at the light through two red-light cycles. When light sensors under the road don't detect a two-wheeled vehicle it can leave a rider sitting a light until a car shows up, or the rider will need to dismount and press the "Walk" button to get the light to change. The law was passed in order to provide a more expedient way to deal with the situation.

Nevada isn't the first state to consider and pass such a law. In fact, it's about the tenth state to either have such a law on the books or to be considering it, since Illinois has done it, and so have Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Nebraska.

Unlike some of those other cases, the Nevada police don't appear to be against it but they have said it will be difficult to enforce the two red-light-cycle rule. You can watch the news segment from KSNV on the new law in the video below.



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      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      What the hell is a "two light cycle"? I thought the bike wasn't large enough even trigger a single light cycle, so how are they going to get two? That's like saying, count to 10 starting from 9 but only count backwards.
        Mark Maxwell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        You're right. That's nonsense!
        Ed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        This applies to turns, some lights will only actuate left turn lights when vehicles are sensed -- the through lights still continue to cycle.
          icon149
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ed
          No true, also to going straight. the lights will change and accommodate what ever vehicles are waiting... so left turn, right turn (rarely but sometimes) and or straight. I have to wait for a car to come up behind me when i leave work because the light will skip "green" and only show the left turn arrow until a car comes. sadly it is nearly never safe to travel through this light on red so i'm forced to wait or turn right and go a long way out of my way to cross the intersection. I'd rather have lights that could sense a motorcycle but i guess it is what it is. the intersection is far safer now than it was when it was just a stop sign.
      Tweaker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Been legal in California. For any vehicle. It's considered a defective light if it won't change and you can go when safe.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tweaker
        Im reminded of a time when I was at a stop light turn lane and was passed over about 5 times. I was ready to run the light and it finally gave me the green.
        rsxvue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tweaker
        I never knew this. There are times that I'm stuck at a stop light for literally 5 minutes waiting for the light to turn green and I'm usually not the only one either. Gonna have to look into this some more.
      Rican_SoldierBoy
      • 1 Year Ago
      about darn time they picked up on this, sucks to sit at a light under the summer heat cooking up, while the opposite side lane light changes several times. I wonder what Texas thinks about this.
      digiboi
      • 1 Year Ago
      waiting two cycles when no one is around - sound of one hand clapping.
      Brian Regan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way ahead of you, Nevada. The sensors in my town (southern CT) are awful so I do this all the time. Though, only during the so-late-it's-early hours.
      bansheemarc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet another misleading title to get people to see the advertisements.
      MistyGreen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey autoblog - that's TWO conditions.
      dsherline
      • 1 Year Ago
      It isn't really being allowed to run red lights. It's more like being allowed to proceed with caution when the magnetic sensors in the road that normally "recognize" when a vehicle is there haven't recognized the motorcycle, so the light doesn't change.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good move.
      edward.stallings
      • 1 Year Ago
      At first I thought, "unbeliveable! they are trusting people to look after their own safety and assess the risk on their own!" Then I noticed the 2 light rule -lol! So you only have enough sense to decide it's safe to run a red light after you waited through 2 cycles??? Idiots... At least I can sleep now. Thought for a minute government did something that makes sense.
      Andrew Pappas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most of the newer sensors are like a cell phone screen, sensing something conductive. Usually you can see the outline of the sensor in the pavement. If you align your bike in the center where it is most sensitive, it will 9 times out of 10 read you. And this law still wouldn't work for me as I ride through a number of intersections that need a car to ever change. I usually give it 1-2 minutes depending on the size of the street before running. And I do it with all the caution in the world.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Pappas
        If you're on a heavier bike that works but on my lighter weight sports bikes it never triggers any of the lights here in town.
        icon149
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Pappas
        i've never had a light pick up my bike, no matter where i stop. I either turn right and do a U-turn (sometimes legal sometimes not) or treat it like a stop sign and move through it safely. This is the thing i don't get, i mean, we have stop signs, no one get's mad when someone pulls through a stop sign after stopping and it's safe. why would car drivers get worked up about the fact that a motorcycle can treat a red light like a stop sign when there are no cars around. i'd even suggest it be OK to do this in a car in certain conditions but i know it would get abused and create a grey area in the law.
      Nathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kinda important to read the fine print for this one...
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