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New law for motorcyclists gets green light

Rebecca Gourley, WNPA Olympia News Service

No motorist enjoys waiting at a traffic light that won’t turn green. The problem is especially vexing for motorcyclists, who often encounter traffic signals with sensors that don’t recognize their bikes.

A bill aimed at resolving the problem got the green light in the state Legislature and will become law if it’s not vetoed by the governor, a rare action. First introduced during last year’s legislative session, Senate Bill 5141 would make it legal for motorcyclists to go through a red traffic signal when the detection device fails to recognize the bike’s presence. The motorcyclist would hav...

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