Would proposed law increase number of Georgia motorcycle crashes?

It’s a given that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. Not because motorcyclists are irresponsible, but because so many other drivers fail to see the bikes and fail to drive safely around motorcyclists.
A proposed Georgia law is currently under debate. It could either improve traffic safety or, as others argue, the proposed legislation could cause more motorcycle accidents throughout the state.
According to CBS Atlanta, State Rep. Ann Purcell is backing House Bill 161. She is an avid motorcyclist herself and sees HB 161 as a way to keep motorcyclists safe and traffic more efficient.
What, exactly does HB 161 propose?
The law sounds strange and inherently dangerous. If passed, HB 161 would make it legal for Georgia motorcyclists to run red lights in certain situations. Some stoplights do not recognize motorcycles when they approach and stop at a light. The traffic signal, therefore, fails to change and holds up traffic.
In those instances, when a biker knows that the light isn’t recognizing their presence, they could proceed through the light – with caution. Basically, the light would be treated as a stop sign, except the motorcyclist would have to wait at least one minute before proceeding.
Supporters of the bill believe the change in law makes sense and would keep motorcyclists safer. Purcell, for example, claims that it is not uncommon for car drivers to purposely bump into motorcyclists when they are stopped at a light for a long period of time.
While the above example is logical support of the bill, it’s important to remember that cars already fail to see motorcyclists as it is. If HB 161 is passed, more liability would be placed on motorcyclists in the case of a crash following the running of a red light. The bill states that motorcycle drivers must yield to cars and would, therefore, immediately be held responsible for any damages.
What do you think about this proposed legislation? Would Georgia roads be made safer? Would motorcyclists be safer, or would they face greater risk of being injured in a crash?

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