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Bikes, motorcycles can turn left on red light under new law

By Haley Smith | Posted - May 15th, 2013 @ 12:10pm

TAYLORSVILLE — A law that would allow motorcycles and bicycles to turn left on a red light went into affect Wednesday.

The law was created after cyclists complained that were often stuck at red lights because their bikes do not weigh enough to be picked up by the light's sensor. The law requires that cyclists wait 90 seconds at a red light before checking the intersection and proceeding with a left-hand turn.

Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville, brought the bill to the floor at this year's legislative session, and it was approved by Gov. Gary Herbert on April 1.

The law will only be effective for one year. If all goes well during the trial period, Anderson said he will have to bring it back at next year's legislative session to make the law a life long change.

Other states around the country have this same type of legislation in place, and Anderson says that there have been no significant problems with it.

Haley Smith

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