A new law will go into effect in June that allows motorcyclists to proceed through a red light if the light will not change because the sensor does not pick up their presence. Where I live, few sensors detect bicycles. Clearly, this will permit the same behavior by cyclists. (Although it's always been permissible to proceed through a red light if it's safe to do so and the light appears to be malfunctioning. And when a light never changes, I consider that defective.)
Here's the text of bill, as signed:
Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the operator of a street legal motorcycle approaching an intersection, including a left turn intersection, that is controlled by a triggered traffic control signal using a vehicle detection device that is inoperative due to the size of the street legal motorcycle shall come to a full and complete stop at the intersection. If the traffic control signal, including the left turn signal, as appropriate, fails to operate after one cycle of the traffic signal, the operator may, after exercising due care, proceed directly through the intersection or proceed to turn left, as appropriate. It is not a defense to a violation of RCW 46.61.050 that the driver of a motorcycle proceeded under the belief that a traffic control signal used a vehicle detection device or was inoperative due to the size of the motorcycle when the signal did not use a vehicle detection device or that any such device was not in fact inoperative due to the size of the motorcycle.
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