Las Vegas enacted a law on October 1, 2013 that affected every motorist on the road. It has been a good and bad law affecting people both negatively and positively at the same time. It has been in effect since October 2013 and really no one is aware of it including the police. I ride a motorcycle and found out the hard way after getting pulled over by a Las Vegas Police officer who didn’t know the law was on the books. Since people seem to be unaware of this law, I decided to write this article to educate the locals as well as the percentage of the 39 million yearly tourists that visit Las Vegas and rent a car or motorcycle. If it saves one life, it will more than pay for my time in writing this public service announcement.
What law went into effect on October 1 2013?
The new law allows riders on motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, tri-cycles, and bicycles to go thru red lights, make lefts against red lights and make rights against red even when specifically forbidden if certain conditions allow it. The law is simple and so are the conditions and the law makes sense but can also cause injury if people aren’t aware and watch out for these riders.
Origin of the law
Because a rider of one of these type of personal transportation devices are light in weight, sometimes the road sensors controlling a traffic light don’t register a rider. Therefore, the computer controlling the light doesn’t know there is a rider waiting to cross the intersection and doesn’t change. That has happened to many riders and just comes with the territory. But it is frustrating watching the signals change for everyone but you if you are the only one in a changing lane or you are out late at night. In Nevada, because of the extreme heat in the summer, sitting at a traffic light for 10 minutes with a helmet on can actually cause a health emergency and this was the exact reason for the amendment to the traffic law.
Conditions needed to circumvent current traffic laws
The conditions needed to remain on the legal side of the law are simple. If you come to a full stop at a red light and wait TWO FULL CYCLES , you are then permitted legally to go thru the red light, make a left or right turn thru the light as well. Of course, you must yield the right of way to pedestrians and other vehicles before proceeding. If the intersections bears any addendum signage prohibiting these actions, the sign is dominant and takes precedent over the above. Simple and straight forward.
Everyone needs to tell a friend about his law
It is easy enough to look past motorcycles and not see them especially at night, at dawn and dusk. Tell a friend about these laws and look for bikes if you see in the distance that a light seems to be green your way a long time. That is an invitation for a motorcycle rider to start the two cycle count down and proceed but they may not see you and your extra awareness might just save their life and prevent a tragedy. Thanks for paying this forward.
Sources: Nevada Rider
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