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Old 01-01-2013, 11:58 AM   #21
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Can I cross an intersection on a red light if my bike doesn't trigger the signal to change?

No, there are no provisions in Texas law that will allow any non-emergency vehicle to bypass a red light. You will need to turn or change lanes legally when safe then find another route. As stated in Texas Transportation Code (TRC) 544.0075 certain traffic-actuated electric traffic-control signals are required to be capable of registering the presence of a motorcycle.

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I've read this before and I have a question.
When you are sitting in a turn lane at a red light, can you legally change lanes or turn?
That's what this answer says to do, but I don't think it's legal OR any more safe than just watching traffic and running the light. Essentially, you are running the light if you go anywhere. You had a red light and you went....
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:32 PM   #22
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I've read this before and I have a question.
When you are sitting in a turn lane at a red light, can you legally change lanes or turn?
That's what this answer says to do, but I don't think it's legal OR any more safe than just watching traffic and running the light. Essentially, you are running the light if you go anywhere. You had a red light and you went....
I'm pretty sure a cop is not going to hold you to the letter of the law, but I don't think you can argue that crossing or turning left on red (two way street) is safer than turning right on red
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I'm pretty sure a cop is not going to hold you to the letter of the law, but I don't think you can argue that crossing or turning left on red (two way street) is safer than turning right on red
I can see oncoming traffic better than I can see cars approaching me from behind on the right. Some streets have fairly high speed limits, say 45-50 mph and I've gotta quickly check traffic and accelerate up to speed.
IMO, I can more easily see the cars coming and cross a couple lanes in l;ess time.
Realistically, neither one is particularly safe, so you're kinda stuck but I don't think I should be ticketed for either action.
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I can see oncoming traffic better than I can see cars approaching me from behind on the right. Some streets have fairly high speed limits, say 45-50 mph and I've gotta quickly check traffic and accelerate up to speed.
IMO, I can more easily see the cars coming and cross a couple lanes in l;ess time.
Realistically, neither one is particularly safe, so you're kinda stuck but I don't think I should be ticketed for either action.
Well if cars are approaching from behind and moving past you then you've got a green light to cross and you have less worry about being hit from the right and the left by crossing on red.
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If there is absolutely no one in sight, I'm going to run the red after the light has gone through a complete cycle
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I'll run it if it's safe at the time or just make a turn and then a uturn. I don't if the popo is around. Imo they probably wouldn't care if you explained but they could be like no the law is the law. But I try to avoid it altogether, if possible.
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Well if cars are approaching from behind and moving past you then you've got a green light to cross and you have less worry about being hit from the right and the left by crossing on red.
You're right but like I said, I don't want to be ticketed for whatever action I choose.
I should be allowed, in that circumstance to decide what option is best at that moment and go for it. If traffic is fairly light in my direction maybe changing lanes and going straight is the best thing.
Maybe, there are no cars around except traffic in the lanes to my right and turning left (running the light) is the better option.

It's all moot because the law is what it is, I'm just sayin that the man is holdin' me down!
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