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Utah law would allow bicycles to yield at stop signs

Posted On Wed, February 23, 2011

On the roadways, red means stop, yellow means yield, and green means go. But in Utah, if a bill passes the Congress, bicyclists would have the yellow light when a sign reads red.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, House Bill 155 would allow bicyclists to treat all stop signs as yields.

Representative Carol Spackman of Holladay tells the paper she believes the bill will make roads safer because when riders attempt to stop at intersections, they often lose their balance.

But auto insurance companies operating in the state - namely AAA and State Farm - oppose the measure. Testifying before the House committee considering the measure, a spokeswoman for AAA says the legislation will add confusion to the roadways, as motorists expect bicyclists to stop for traffic signs.

The insurance companies' plea were to no avail, as the paper reports Utah's Transportation Committee passed the measure 12-1 and it will now be voted on by all members of the state house.

One way or another - whether the bicycle rider or the motorist was to blame for the accident - auto insurance companies typically cover the cost of medical expenses if the bicyclist was injured. 

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