Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday new rules for the road.


Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday new rules for the road.
The biggest change for drivers on both two and four wheels is an increase in the state’s maximum speed limit from the current 70 mph to 75 mph on designated arts of divided four-lane highways.
The state’s transportation secretary will have the authority to determine where the speed limit will be changed. All changes will go into effect July 1.
According to an estimate from the Kansas Department of Transportation, more than 1,000 miles of highway, mostly interstate, quality for the higher speed limit.
Proponents of the bill argued that freight companies are bypassing Kansas in favor of states with higher speed limits and that motorists routinely exceed the posted 70 mph speed limit already.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Oklahoma, Colorado and Nebraska currently have a maximum speed limit of 75 mph on interstates. Twelve states in total have a 75 mph speed limit on at least a portion of its four-lane, divided roads. Missouri remains at 70 mph and Texas has an 80 mph maximum speed limit on specified segments of road.
Also included in H.B. 2192 is the authority for motorcycle riders and bicyclists to proceed with caution through a red light after waiting a “reasonable” amount of time for the light to change to green.
The motorcycle organization A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian (ABATE) has pushed for the change for several years. The group argued that motorcycles and bicycles do not trigger pavement-embedded sensors that are linked to several traffic lights and signal the light to move from red to green. Most sensors can only be triggered by four-wheel vehicles.
Motorcyclists noted that they are frequently caught at red lights and must wait for a vehicle to trigger the signal.
Captain Mike Terry with the McPherson Police Department said the only stop light in McPherson that motorcyclists consistently cannot activate the sensor on is the light located at Main and Hulse streets. Motorcyclists and bikers approaching Main Street on Hulse from the west often cannot activate the light.
The law, Terry said, will be difficult for law enforcement officials to enforce because motorcyclists can often misinterpret a long stop light for a light with a trigger that is buried under the pavement.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.