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THE WISCONSIN BRAKE LIGHT CONTROVERSY-

By Bikernet
10/6/2017


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I got a call last week from a rider in Wisconsin who was pulled over for a brake light violation. The State Patrol deputy said his modulating brake light was illegal. After some discussion, he let the biker off with a warning. 
 




I researched the law in Wisconsin, and talked to several biker friends to find out if any of them heard about enforcement of the brake light law. It turns out, Wisconsin allows the modulating brake light or a deceleration warning light on motorcycles, but only if center mounted and emitting an amber color. Most systems I’ve seen incorporate the brake lights, which are red. 

So, although seldom enforced and not a huge problem, current brake light warning systems are in conflict with the statute language. The language itself is in conflict with another state statute, which says the only color allowed to be seen from the rear of a vehicle is red, yet the brake light statute calls for center-mounted amber lights. After some checking, it appears there is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion among many of the states that allow brake light modulating or deceleration warning systems. 

I’ve asked my ABATE chapter to look into this problem and seek some legislative relief. Tennessee seems to have found a remedy in that it allows an exception for red warning systems on motorcycles. The link below is the article I wrote to explain this all. Feel free to share it with your readers on Bikernet.

https://www.hupy.com/news/are-you-breaking-the-law-for-safety-.cfm


Tony “Pan” Sanfelipo
Marketing
Hupy and Abraham, S.C.
800-800-5678
 
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