Representative Wayne Waddell from Shreveport has introduced House Bill 1121 that changes the existing Louisiana law requiring cyclists to use a rear, red reflector. The modified law will require cyclists to use a red-flashing tail light.
Personally, I think enacting a rear light requirement is a good move. However, I think specifying that the tail light be a red-flashing light goes too far. Individuals should be permitted to elect whether to use a flashing versus steady mode light.
My appreciation is that no concensus exists as to which mode of operation, steady versus flashing, is safer. I also have the impression that no other state has adopted a flashing tail light requirement and that the UK and Germany actually prohibit flashing head and tail lights.
Can anyone weigh-in on their experiences with similar legislation? Do you have any citiations to studies on the subject that I may make reference to in filing additional comments with my representative? Thank you very much for your attention to this development.