House Bill Would Allow Bicyclists To Ignore Certain Traffic Rules

New Mexico – Bicyclists could roll through a stop sign after slowing and yielding the right of way under legislation that has passed the House.

The bill also will change New Mexico's traffic laws to allow bicyclists to go through a stop light after initially stopping and making sure it's safe to proceed through an intersection.

Supporters say the changes reflect what many experienced cyclists currently do, and may help prevent accidents in which a bicyclist is rear-ended at a stop sign or traffic light.

Opponents contend that bicyclists shouldn't be treated differently from other motorists and they said the proposed change could create confusion among drivers.

The legislation passed the House on a 37-27 vote Tuesday and goes to the Senate.

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