A bill that would allow motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles to run red lights legally in some instances crashed Tuesday, but lawmakers may allow it to get back up and try again.
The House Transportation Committee voted to hold HB327 by Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville.
Motorcycle and bicycle groups supported the measure, arguing sensors at traffic lights cannot detect them, so they "are trapped and held hostage" by lights until forced to eventually break the law and run through red lights anyway.
Anderson proposed to let them legally run red lights if they wait at least 90 seconds at the intersection first, then proceed only when traffic is clear. He said 13 states currently allow that.
Opposing it was the Utah Highway Patrol, the Utah Department of Transportation and auto insurance companies, which warned it could lead to confusion.
Rep. Janice Fisher, D-West Valley City, moved to hold the bill in hopes that the groups could find a compromise.