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Release Date: 1/29/2006

Charleston, SC (AP) - A bill introduced in the state Senate would allow bikers to treat sensor-controlled red lights like stop signs. Motorcycles often aren't heavy enough to trigger a signal change. So riders either wait until a car comes along or break the law by turning right then looping around and turning right again at the green light. The bill from Senators Phil Leventis, a Sumter Democrat, and Jake Knotts, a West Columbia Republican, would let bikers continue if a traffic sensor fails to detect their motorcycle or mo-ped, and they've sat at the intersection at least 20 seconds. The motorcycle rights group ABATE is endorsing the bill.

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