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HF 2616

1st Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 04/08/2010 05:36pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to traffic regulations; allowing bicyclist to stop and proceed through red
light under limited circumstances; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section
169.06, subdivision 9.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 169.06, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Affirmative defense relating to unchanging traffic-control signal.

(a) A person operating a new text beginbicycle or new text endmotorcycle who violates subdivision 4 by entering
or crossing an intersection controlled by a traffic-control signal against a red light has an
affirmative defense to that charge if the person establishes all of the following conditions:

(1) the new text beginbicycle or new text endmotorcycle has been brought to a complete stop;

(2) the traffic-control signal continues to show a red light for an unreasonable time;

(3) the traffic-control signal is apparently malfunctioning or, if programmed or
engineered to change to a green light only after detecting the approach of a motor vehicle,
the signal has apparently failed to detect the arrival of the new text beginbicycle or new text endmotorcycle; and

(4) no motor vehicle or person is approaching on the street or highway to be crossed
or entered or is so far away from the intersection that it does not constitute an immediate
hazard.

(b) The affirmative defense in this subdivision applies only to a violation for entering
or crossing an intersection controlled by a traffic-control signal against a red light and does
not provide a defense to any other civil or criminal action.

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new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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