Inoperative Signals

Question

Shawn asked: I recently read this article from my home state: http://www.jsonline.com/news/traffic/motorcycles-running-red-lights-its-the-law-sometimes-b9984295z1-221369311.html

Basically, if your bike or motorcycle isn’t being picked up by traffic lights, you are allowed to run the light.  Does FL have a similar statute?

Answer

The Florida statute that applies is subject to interpretation. See the following post and discussion that includes the FHP’s interpretation.

http://flbikelaw.org/2011/06/inoperative-traffic-lights/

One significant difference is that a bicyclist can legally move to the sidewalk and have the rights and duties of a pedestrian, whereas a motorcyclist cannot do so.

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