From the talk-about-an-accident-waiting-to-happen department:
KNOXVILLE—Beginning July 1, Tennessee motorcyclists can legally run red lights—if they stop first and “exercise due care’’—under a bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Bredesen.
Motorcyclists had complained they were forced to wait excessive periods of time at stop lights because sensors that control the lights did not recognize motorcycles, which are now made mostly of aluminum and fiberglass, not metal.
Wait a minute: Isn’t aluminum considered a type of metal?
While I can sympathize with the cyclists this still strikes me as a really bad idea. Still at least one other state, Minnesota, has a similar law and was the model for Tennessee’s version. I suppose if a bad idea is good enough for Minnesota then it’s good enough for Tennessee.
State cops don’t like the new law and neither does the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Can’t say I blame them, but it should at least make for a real bang-up time in Tennessee.