It doesn't matter why the laws were made. Texas law specifically states that a cyclist is subject to them except as noted in the statutes. There are no exceptions specified regarding right of way and traffic control devices. You may want to familiarize yourself with Chapter 551 of the Texas Transportation Code.Originally Posted by redfooj
However, although you are correct that there are certainly different regulations pertaining to different classes of vehicles, all vehicles (not just motor vehicles) are required to stop at red lights in Texas unless you are an emergency vehicle OR are being directed by a police officer at the intersection. The applicability of the law to the situation at hand is clear and unambiguous from what I can gather by reading the Transportation Code for Texas. Perhaps you know of an exception in the law that applies to your situation?
I tried to find the applicable law for Texas pertaining to this question. After conducting several searches and reading through the section describing right of way and traffic control devices, I can find no mention of defective sensors, let alone a time period to wait. The best I could find was a provision that stated if there were no lights displayed on any of the traffic control heads, you are to treat the signal as a stop sign.Originally Posted by redfooj
It would be a stretch, but you could possibly argue to a judge that the intersection could not sense your bike, and therefore it was not, in practice, a controlled intersection for you. Under such circumstance, you treated the intersection as if it had a stop sign in accordance with the uncontrolled intersection rules.
I truly hope you do not plan to go before a judge and claim that you should be permitted to run the light because there were no other cars around (except for the police car that saw you). You are not likely to get a favorable result.