CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois motorcycles and bicycles will be allowed to run red lights starting in 2012, but only in certain instances.
Motorcycles and bicycles often aren’t big enough to trigger magnetic sensors that switch traffic lights from red to green, WBBM Newsradio’s Alex Degman reports.READ MORE: Shuttered For More Than Five Years, Chippewa Campground At Kankakee River State Park Could Soon See Repairs
That could mean the riders either break the law and run the red light, or wait until another vehicle comes along.
State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) says the new law means bikers can go through a red light if they wait a reasonable amount of time, but that amount isn’t yet defined.READ MORE: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Nominates Annette Nance-Holt As First Black Woman To Serve As City's Fire Commissioner
“A reasonable amount of time, which was not defined in the bill, will be 120 seconds,” says Beiser. “So two minutes, that’s what we’ve come to agreement on and that was part of the governor’s concern.”
The governor issued an amendatory veto of the measure because he wanted a set amount of time the vehicles must wait.
But lawmakers overrode the veto, assuring the governor’s office it would be addressed during the upcoming session.MORE NEWS: Hard Rock Casino Opening In Gary Friday
The law applies to municipalities with fewer than 2 million people, meaning it wouldn’t apply in Chicago.