Today the Wisconsin State Assembly voted in favor of a bill authored by State Representative John Jagler (R-Watertown), which would allow motorcycles to have under-lighting. The colored LED under-lights have grown in popularity, but are currently illegal in the state of Wisconsin. Rep. Jagler and state senate author, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), introduced the bill after a constituent received a ticket for the lights on his motorcycle.

“This bill is about motorcycle safety,” Jagler said. “It’s foolish to me that a biker could be ticketed for lights which make them more visible to other drivers.” 

The bill prohibits the use of colors used by first responders, such as red, blue, amber and also prohibits oscillating and rotating lights. “As more and more people get these LED lights installed on their motorcycles, we need to make it clear that they are not breaking the law,” Jagler said. I know for many people riding a motorcycle is not only a hobby, it’s also an extension of their personality. They should be able to enjoy the freedom to install these lights and personalize their rides.” 

The measure passed with bipartisan support on a voice vote and moves on to the state senate for consideration.