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Old 05-16-2003, 12:36 PM   #1
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Motorcyclists would be expected to stop at the light for an appropriate period of time and look in all directions, he said.





Oh yeah, that's gonna happen.



I don't even want to think of what's really gonna happen. Especially with those guys who ride with nothing on but shorts and tennies. Are helmets required in TN?
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Old 05-16-2003, 01:48 PM   #2
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The Gov making sence for once? Nah, can't be...
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Old 05-16-2003, 02:17 PM   #3
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It just provides another excuse for when a TN LEO or Legislator T-bones a rider at a light. "That damn biker ran the red light!"
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Old 05-16-2003, 02:27 PM   #4
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Snap, talk about your gray areas. Seems to me that Mrs. Harper doesn't think the citizens of her state have much in the way of common sense. Sounds like on of those "keep-making-laws-until-the-world-is-perfect" morons. And no, I would never confuse her with a MOron.
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Old 05-16-2003, 05:13 PM   #5
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Reminds me why the state color is orange:



Play football for the Vols on Saturday.......



Go huntin' on Sunday..........



And go back to pickin' up trash on the roadside on Monday.......



Without ever changin' clothes!!!!



Yea, I know it's an old joke but sometimes you gotta recycle 'em.





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Old 05-16-2003, 05:37 PM   #6
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If a light fails to sense the presence of my bike then I consider it to be malfunctioning, in which case the appropriate thing to do is to treat it like a stop sign look both ways and then proceed. I live in Georgia where we pay extremely high uninsured motorist premiums, because a neighboring state (Tennessee) does NOT require basic liability insurance, so be extra careful when you proceed through that intersection.
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Old 05-17-2003, 04:39 AM   #7
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Absolutely correct. CW printed a letter to the editor I wrote several years ago regarding this issue.

Since part of a triggered light's intended function is to detect vehicles, if it does not sense your licensed, road legal vehicle, it is by definition malfunctioning. I've not reviewed road regulations in all states, but in those I've lived, and I believe this is universal, if a traffic light is malfunctioning you are to treat it like a stop sign.

What made no sense in the article was the amendment that a light failing to trigger would not be a 'defense'. This flies in the face of tradition and common sense.
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Old 05-17-2003, 06:50 AM   #8
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Reminds me why the state color is orange:



Play football for the Vols on Saturday.......



Go huntin' on Sunday..........



And go back to pickin' up trash on the roadside on Monday.......



Without ever changin' clothes!!!!



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Old 05-17-2003, 07:59 AM   #9
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You can hunt on Sunday in 45 states. New England (except NH, thankfully) and PA are the only ones where you can't. Damn puritans!
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Old 05-17-2003, 08:03 AM   #10
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Funny, I thought you could 'right turn on red' in most states (stop first, of course). I'm in New England, and I can't think of any around here where you can't now-a-days. And we just got 65MPH speed limits a few years ago!
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