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Should motorcyclist be allowed to run red lights?

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Florida Civil Rights Association wants to make it legal for motorcyclists to run red lights.

They say the sensors do not always register a motorcycle waiting at a red light which leaves them to sit idle for several minutes.

Harley-Davidson's sales manager, Steve Scott, has been selling motorcycles and riding them for a number of years. He knows all to well the dangers motorcyclists face on the road. "We heard the stories all the time," says Scott, "They got T-boned at a red light."

Still, the association wants to make it legal for bikers to run red lights if they have waited between 45 to 60 seconds.

"There are nine states that have passed a law that allows a motorcyclist to run a red light under certain circumstances," says Transportation Chairman Henry Stowe.

Florida could be number 10 if the association's campaign for the law proves to be a strong one. "These motorcycles, and bicycles for that matter, do not trip the sensors on the roads," says Stowe.

Scott knows what it's like to sit at a light for minutes at a time, staring into an empty road, wanting to rev the engine and go through. However, he chooses otherwise, knowing the risk he and other motorcyclists take.

Scott says before you change the law you have to change the system.

"If you really want to make this happen, the technology has to be there first," says Scott.

The association says they are hoping to gain support from opponents of the red light camera's, like Senator Rene Garcia, who is currently introducing a bill to change red light camera laws.

Garcia has stated he would not support any vehicle having the legal right to run a red light.

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