"Safe On Red" Campaign Launched Throughout State

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 9/27/2013 6:25 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)--According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, 400 people have died in Nevada intersections over the course of five years. A new law taking effect on October 1st is aimed at making intersections safer for all motorists.

All throughout Nevada, motorcyclists or bicyclists pull up to a red light and they wait. Sometimes their bike will trigger the sensor in the intersection, giving them a green arrow, sometimes it won't. What happens next, Lt. Eric Spratley with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office says can be extremely dangerous.

"Cyclists will then do some sort of illegal maneuver, they pull out of the turn lane in an illegal lane change at an intersection. They'll make a right turn on the next street, do a u-turn and come back the opposite way," says Lt. Spratley.

Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle from District 30 in the Reno/Sparks area says his constituents approached him about the idea of being able to legally turn left on a red light. He says after doing some research, he decided to sponsor Assembly Bill 117-making it legal for motorcyclists or bicyclists to make a left turn on red after waiting through two light cycles.

"When you consider the statistics that 83% of all fatal or near fatal accidents with motorcyclists or bicyclists happen in intersections, getting them out of the intersection as soon as we can legally and responsibly, that becomes the job of lawmakers and that's why I chose to do this," says Assemblyman Sprinkle.

Law enforcement across Nevada have come up with the "Safe On Red Campaign", aimed at educating all motorists on the road of the new law. Pretty soon you'll see billboards, PSAs, and hear commercials on the radio.

The goal is to make Nevada intersections safe for everyone on the road.

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nvkid - 9/28/2013 2:02 PM
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Are you kidding me? It would be much simpler to change the sensitivity of roadway sensors at the master control box. Mark my words, with this new law, there will be many more accidents because drivers won't see the 2 wheelers.

Denton - 9/28/2013 12:33 PM
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Deadmeat99 is right bicycles blow right through stop signs and red lights and motorcycles also have done the turn on red already. I have seen both do what they want just like Cars, etc. In a 15 mph zones I have seen motorcycles power through at 50 mph plus as they have np patience so of course a law where you can now go against the red is allowed is only going to make them more prone to do it with out stoping or waiting the approtate time they feel they have hte acellerTION TO BEAT

yourname - 9/27/2013 4:15 PM
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If you have ever ridden a motorcycle you know that you could sit at some lights all day and they will never change. You are simply not heavy enough to trigger the sensor in the street. So you are forced to run the red light risking the ticket. It would be nice to know that you are not going to get a ticket for trying just make a turn that is impossible. Also I have scooted forward out in to the sidewalk to let the car behind me trigger the sensor, risking the safety of the PEDESTRIANS.

Deadmeat99 - 9/27/2013 1:07 PM
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"All throughout Nevada, motorcyclists or bicyclists pull up to a red light and they wait" LOL where is this happening? I rarely see bicycles stop for stop signs or red lights. They pedal right through without regard for traffic or traffic laws, and then get indignant when drivers have to avoid them.
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