Bicyclists allowed to stop and proceed through red light under limited circumstances.
CHAPTER 232--H.F.No. 2616
An act relating to traffic regulations; allowing bicyclist to stop and proceed
through red light under limited circumstances;amending Minnesota Statutes
2008, section 169.06, subdivision 9.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.06, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
Subd. 9. Affirmative defense relating to unchanging traffic-control signal.
(a) A person operating a bicycle or motorcycle who violates subdivision 4 by entering
or crossing an intersection controlled by a traffic-control signal against a red light has an
affirmative defense to that charge if the person establishes all of the following conditions:
(1) the bicycle or motorcycle has been brought to a complete stop;
(2) the traffic-control signal continues to show a red light for an unreasonable time;
(3) the traffic-control signal is apparently malfunctioning or, if programmed or
engineered to change to a green light only after detecting the approach of a motor vehicle,
the signal has apparently failed to detect the arrival of the bicycle or motorcycle; and
(4) no motor vehicle or person is approaching on the street or highway to be crossed
or entered or is so far away from the intersection that it does not constitute an immediate
(b) The affirmative defense in this subdivision applies only to a violation for entering
or crossing an intersection controlled by a traffic-control signal against a red light and does
not provide a defense to any other civil or criminal action.
EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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