House Bill 161
By: Representatives Purcell of the 159th, Roberts of the 154th, Powell of the 29th, Bearden of
the 68th, Bell of the 58th, and others
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
To amend Part 2 of Article 13 of Chapter 6 of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia
Annotated, relating to uniform rules of the road for motorcycles, so as to provide for certain
traffic regulations relating to motorcycles; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting
laws; and for other purposes.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
Part 2 of Article 13 of Chapter 6 of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated,
relating to uniform rules of the road for motorcycles, is amended by adding a new Code
section to read as follows:
A driver of a motorcycle approaching an intersection controlled by a traffic-control signal
utilizing a vehicle detection device that is inoperative due to the size of the motorcycle
shall come to a full and complete stop at the intersection in response to a red light and, after
waiting for a reasonable period of time, not less than 60 seconds, for such traffic-control
signal to detect such motorcycle, may proceed with due caution when it is safe to do so.
The driver of any vehicle approaching the intersection which lawfully may enter the
intersection shall have right of way over any motorcycle operator proceeding through a red
light and in no event where an accident results from the driver of the motorcycle
proceeding into the intersection on a red light shall such driver of the vehicle be charged
with any violation of Code Section 40-6-70, relating to failure to yield right of way, Code
Section 40-6-49, relating to following too closely, or Code Section 40-6-180, relating to
driving too fast for conditions."
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.