19TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL MEREDITH HAS FILED LEGISLATION DEALING WITH ISSUES RELATING TO TRAFFIC LIGHTS IN KENTUCKY PDF Print
Thursday, 16 January 2014 06:02

19th District Representative Michael Meredith, from Brownsville, announced he has filed legislation for the current session dealing with issues relating to motorcycles, motor vehicles and traffic lights in the Commonwealth.

"A majority of traffic signal signals in Kentucky use a vehicle weight detection system under the pavement, which appears as lines shaped as rectangles on highways," said Rep. Meredith. "These systems sometimes do not detect motorcycles or some vehicles often because some don't weigh enough to be detected by the system that controls the changing of traffic lights. My legislation, which is supported by Kentucky Motorcycle Association, would provide a defense for motorcycles and motor vehicles to safely pass through an intersection against a red light."

HB 197 amends KRS 189.338 to provide the following conditions to allow a

motorcyclist or driver to drive through an intersection against a red light:

1. The motorcycle or motor vehicle comes to a complete stop.

2. The traffic light continued to show a steady red light for two minutes, or the traffic light completes two lighting cycles.

3. The traffic light appeared to be malfunctioning, or failed to detect the arrival of a motorcycle if the light is designed to change after detecting the approach of a motorcycle or motor vehicle.

4.      No motor vehicle or person was approaching the street or highway that will be crossed or entered, or any approaching person or motor vehicle was a distance away from the intersection that it did not constitute an immediate hazard.

Rep. Meredith filed House Bill 197 on Monday, January 13th to be considered during the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly

 

 

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