I came across this item from ABC news today. It's living proof that our legislators are hard at work protecting us from ourselves.
QUOTE An unusual law taking effect at midnight is Public Act 97-743 in Illinois. This law imposes a fine of $1,000 on anyone who pops a wheelie on a motorcycle while speeding. While this law might upset some motorcyclists, the state is now giving them a free pass to go through red lights.
Motorcycles are often not heavy enough to trigger magnetic sensors at traffic lights to inform them a vehicle has pulled up. Motorcyclists usually have to wait for a car to pull up before the light turns green.
The new bill states that after a "reasonable" amount of time, the motorcycle could pass the red light if the coast is clear. The law doesn't apply to cities where the population exceeds 2 million people. END QUOTE
This apparently necessary piece of legislation implies the great state of Illinois has a major problem with speeding motorcyclists popping wheelies at the Defenders of Public Safety (Rozzers to some). It also impliies that popping a wheelie while NOT speeding is perfectly legal.
I wonder if it also means motorcyclists who ride between population centers will have to carry a census guide to check the official number of citizens on record before passing a red light after a "reasonable" amount of time?? Then again, I often wonder about all sorts of wierd things.
Happy New Year one and all