New Texas law aims to shed light on motorcycles

New Texas law aims to shed light on motorcycles
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For Darrell Butler, biking is more than a mode of transportation; it's therapeutic.

"I love it every day. I can be mad at the world, and I get on my motorcycle and get 10 miles down the road and I'll be fine," said Darrell Butler, a biker.

A new state law makes it legal for bikers to add white or amber LED lights to the under body of their motorcycles. The lights must not blink though because that might cause distraction for other drivers.

Butler is in the market for a new bike and said he'll take advantage of the new law.

"I think it'll help a tremendous amount. I'm going to do it," Butler said.

Ross Motorsports currently sells various LED lights and the new law may affect which customers buy which lights.

"Most of them are lizard lights which change colors, but since that's going away, and you can only have the two, it'll make it a lot easier," said Jonathan Pearson, the sales manager at Ross Motorsports.

Employees there see no shortage of customers coming to buy and have their bikes serviced. They agree that the new law sheds new light on safety.

"I think it's a great idea. It'll let other vehicles know that there's a motorcycle beside you and behind you," Pearson said.

After 40 years of riding and thousands of miles logged, Butler said he's had more than a few run-ins with drives, who he said simply did not see him.

"They'll change lanes right in front of you and almost clip your front end. You just have to slam on your brakes to get out of the way. You just have to watch a lot," Butler said.

And now with the ability to add additional lights, Butler hopes it will cut down on that.

"Oh yeah, I want it safer, definitely. We have to watch out for everybody else already and that'll make it a lot easier for people to see us," Butler said.

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