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Nevada Highway Patrol - Southern Command
Friday September 27th, 2013 :: 09:35 a.m. PDT


“Safe on Red” Public Awareness Program Educates Public About New “Proceed on Red” Law Going into Effect Oct. 1


“Safe on Red” Public Awareness Program Educates Public About
New “Proceed on Red” Law Going into Effect Oct. 1

LAS VEGAS – In a joint effort to ensure all Nevada commuters remain safe with the upcoming implementation of the new “proceed on red” law for motorcyclists and bicyclists, the state departments of Public Safety and Transportation today are formally launching a new public awareness campaign called “Safe on Red.”

The new law that goes into effect Oct. 1, permits motorcyclists, trimobiles, scooters and bicyclists to lawfully turn left or proceed through red lights at signalized intersections after waiting through two complete signal cycles without the activation of a green light—but only after safely yielding to pedestrians and other traffic.

One goal of the law is to improve mobility across the state. Sensors in traffic signals are triggered by the metal surface area of a vehicle and its alignment with signal detectors. Sensors sometimes do not detect smaller vehicles such as motorcycles, bicycles, scooters and trimobiles.

In light of the new law, the departments of Public Safety and Transportation have joined forces to launch “Safe on Red,” a statewide public awareness campaign designed to inform all road users of the new legislation and encourage them to use extra precaution near signalized intersections.
As part of the campaign that runs through November, Nevadans will begin to see “Safe on Red” billboards, hear public service announcements and see posters and pamphlets at more than 200 motorcycle and bicycle shops.

For more information on the new law and other safety information, visit

The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) provides funding and expertise, creates partnerships and promotes education to reduce traffic deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways.

The Nevada Department of Transportation’s mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified efforts. The Department is responsible for more than 5,000 miles of state roadway and more than 1,100 bridges, as well as many other transportation functions. More information is available at


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