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“Dead Red” Law Passed in Indiana

idaho_s04_0830Going into effect on July 1st, the “Dead Red” law will allow cyclists and motorcyclists to roll through a red light after…wait for it….2 minutes of waiting. As this article mentions, cops aren’t going to put a stopwatch on you, but we do have the option of ignoring the red light for our own convenience and at our own peril. Similar to the “Idaho Stop”, we’ll now be able to run the red…legally, but only because the light tripping sensors embedded into the pavement aren’t activated by our svelte figures and lack of body mass due to all that riding we’ve been doing. Ultimately, this means very little for us by way of convenience, but it does afford us a couple of exploited privileges. 1. We can cite the law should we get stopped for running a red, if we are sure that hypothetical stopwatch wasn’t being used on us, and 2. It’s a step in the right direction for establishing the “Idaho Law”, which, let’s face it, most of us follow already.

First the gay marriage ban was struck down and now Dead Red laws. Mark my words, Indiana is the new Oregon…or maybe Idaho.

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  1. Morning Links: Streetsblog scores at the LA press awards; West Hill’s bike shop gutted in weekend fire | BikinginLAJune 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    [...] will now allow cyclists to ride through red lights that don’t change after two [...]

  2. oran SandsJuly 1, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Ummm, you can’t “roll through a red light ” but may proceed AFTER a complete stop. Not a Rolling Stop as shown in the title graphic. And we do not ” have the option of ignoring the red light ” but acknowledging it and proceeding after meeting the requirement of the new law. The new law doesn’t allow us to become bad boy on the block but does allow us some consideration that others may not get. Let’s not take too much advantage of it.

  3. PaulJuly 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    This is a good first step, but Indiana has a long way to go. We need a full Idaho Stop As Yield law along with a vulnerable road users law.

  4. madopalJuly 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    The sensors are triggered by magnetism, not weight, and that’s why bicycles and (some) motorcycles don’t trip it…not enough metal.

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