Running the Red Light in Nebraska to Become Legal?
Similar exceptional traffic regulations are to be encountered in Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Idaho, Arkansas, Tennessee and Minnesota, but the opinions are strong on both the supporters' and the opponents' sides.
Those advocating this law project claim that in the case of traffic light coordinated by sensors, most of the two-wheeled vehicles fail to trigger these sensors the way cars or trucks do, thus it happens quite often that riders are forced to wait 5 minutes or more for nothing. Even more, Senator Schumacher says that motorcyclists sometimes have to wait in inclement weather (rain, cold, wind) and this bill would really help easing their riding.
Many are already opposing this proposed law, and the Nebraska Sheriff's Association are just one: they claim there is no way to enforce the 2-minute rule and this could lead to abuse and an altogether dangerous situation.
Now, not having to wait in vain for 5 minutes in the rain for the red to turn into green is indeed a nice idea, but what about those who will use such a law to simply run the red as if there were no traffic lights at all?