SPRINGFIELD – Motorcycles can now be equipped with forward facing turn signals and driving lights under a measure spearheaded by State Senator Doris Turner that was signed into law Friday. Senator Turner sr36

“Drivers need to be aware of what’s going on around them,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Motorcyclists aren’t always easy to see on the road so we need to make sure they have all the tools they need to be safe and visible.”

The new law allows a motorcycle to be equipped with two forward facing electric turn signals that emit a white or amber light. Two driving lights can be added that display a steady white or amber light in addition to the already required headlamps. Lastly, the law allows a motorcycle to be equipped with red-light auxiliary lighting to use while braking.

Turner’s law seeks to provide clarity regarding new standard lighting on the front of motorcycles by increasing the visibility of a motorcycle and providing a clear indication of what the motorcycle is doing, similar to a vehicle.

“This is a win for all drivers,” said Turner. “Now, motorcyclists can have the lights and indicators they need to show others on the road where they are.”

Senate Bill 896 takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.