Illinois motorcycles and bicycles will be allowed to run red lights starting in 2012, but only in certain instances. Motorcycles and bicycles often aren’t big enough to trigger magnetic sensors that switch traffic lights from red to green. That could mean the riders either break the law and run the red light, or wait until another vehicle comes along.
State Rep. Dan Beiser, the Alton Democrat, says the new law means bikers can go through a red light if they wait a reasonable amount of time, but that amount isn’t yet defined.
The governor issued an amendatory veto of the measure because he wanted a set amount of time the vehicles must wait. But lawmakers overrode the veto, assuring the governor’s office it would be addressed during the upcoming session.