Motorcycles Could Get OK To Go Through Red Lights

SPRINGFIELD — Motorcycle riders could go straight on red under a proposal rumbling through the General Assembly.

In action Wednesday, the Illinois Senate voted 43-12 in favor of allowing the driver of a motorcycle to proceed through a red light which fails to turn green within a “reasonable period of time.”

Motorcycle rights groups say motorcycle riders can sometimes get stuck at a red light for several light cycles because the lighter weight of the two-wheel vehicles won’t trigger sensors that cause stoplights to change at some intersections.

A number of senators who ride motorcycles said getting stuck at red lights equipped with the sensors is not uncommon.

“I ride a motorcycle, so I have been there before,” said state Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, who sponsored the legislation.

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Virginia May Ban Children on Motorcycles

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Richmond VA:   A bill sponsored by Chris Stolle, (R) from Virginia Beach would make it illegal for children under 8 years of age to ride on a motorcycle, either as a passenger or as an operator.  House Bill 1850, which has the support of some law enforcement officers, has outraged motorcycle enthusiasts and motorcycle rights groups.

On www.pilotonline.com Matt Danielson, legal counsel for the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists said,  ”I don’t look at this as a governmental issue. I look at this as a parental issue.  I think the parent can make a better decision about whether their child is ready to ride than can some legislator in Richmond.”

Other motorcyclists say that Virginia is trying to create a law where none is needed.

According to statistics, more children in Virginia are hurt or killed riding bicycles.