Kansas House passes ‘Dead Red’ bill

The Kansas House passed a “Dead Red” bill that allows motorcyclists to run red lights under certain circumstances. Bicyclists also can benefit if the state Senate passes the bill.

Kansas HB 2192 allows motorcycle riders and bicyclists to run the light if the light fails to turn green “within a reasonable period of time because of a signal malfunction or because the signal has failed to detect the arrival of the motorcycle or bicycle.”

The state House passed the bill last week; it’s now awaiting Senate approval.


  • Andy
    March 2, 2011 - 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I love the comments about this bill on other sites, making it sound like hundreds of motorcycles/bicycles will now be blasting through red lights while turning red. This is another “yeah, we already do that” type of law. I’m not going to wait indefinitely for the light to change if it’s not detecting my bicycle or even car. I will wait until it is clear, and proceed through safely, followed by calling up Streets and Facilities when I get a chance if it really is a defective light.

  • Softeze
    March 3, 2011 - 8:22 am | Permalink
  • March 4, 2011 - 12:53 am | Permalink

    OK this doesn’t do anything but make the Universal Traffic Code rule for handling a dead red into a state law.

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