Motorcyclists can now proceed through red lights after waiting two minutes

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Jimmy Burris often has to wait at a red light for 5 to 10 minutes. Burris, a motorcyclist and technician at All Cycles, said often times his bike doesn’t trigger the signal.

“It can be extremely frustrating because you’ll see the light change for cars, the turning lane for the other lane, and you’re trying to turn, and it just never comes up,” said Burris.

Now, motorcyclists in Indiana won’t have to wait that long ever again.

It’s all thanks to what many call the “Dead Red” law, which allows cyclists to proceed through a red light if they’ve waited longer than two minutes.

Lafayette Police Technician Matt Devine said legislators signed the law with motorcycle safety at the forefront.

“They would get frustrated, they’d be waiting, and they might start to creep out into traffic a little bit,” said Devine. “This way, this law allows them to proceed cautiously.”

Burris couldn’t agree more. He said often times, waiting at those red lights can actually be more dangerous than anything.

“People don’t see us anyway and if you’re sitting at a stoplight, especially at night, and your break light isn’t on because you’re sitting in idle, you’ll get hit,” said Burris. “It’s happened, and would continue to happen.”

Indiana is now the 16th state to enact the “Dead Red” law. Burris said he hopes others will soon follow.

“Most states have had a law like this I think,” said Burris. “So, it’s just time for it to be done.”

The new law also applies to moped drivers and bicyclists. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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