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Motorcycle Riders Get the Green Light for Red Lights in Washington

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KENNEWICK, WA - Motorcycles have something new to rev their engines about. Governor Jay Inslee finally signed a bill in March to allow bikers to safely go through red lights when necessary. That law went into effect on Thursday.

Before, you might see a motorcycle rider waiting and waiting and waiting at a stop light. That's because the sensors or cameras used to cue traffic signals don't always register bikes. One local rider claims he has waited up to 15 minutes at a single light during Hanford rush hour.

Now, after more than a decade of pushing a bill through the state legislature, the Governor signed it into law. Motorcycle riders can legally go through red lights with caution if the light doesn't turn green after a full cycle.

"If it was unsafe then we probably would not be able to do it. But there comes a point to where you make that decision. Am I going to sit here all night, am I going to get off and pushy my bike home, am I going to turn around and go back or am I going to continue on going the way that I need to go," said Thunder Alley Victory Sales Manager, Ben Dosch.

Fourteen other states have similar laws however Oregon is not one of them. While most of the motorcycle community is happy to finally have this passed, some people who oppose the law believe motorcycles going through red lights could pose a public safety problem.
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