Understanding the California Lane Splitting Law
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In 2016, California become the first state to officially legalize lane splitting. Before, it was not considered illegal but there were no regulations. Therefore, passing the California Lane Splitting Law enabled California Highway Patrol to define legal versus illegal lane splitting. Still the law does not guarantee safety for riders or drivers. Both need to follow smart driving techniques to be able to share the road and protect against accidents.
California Vehicle Code 21658.1 defines motorcycle lane splitting (also called lane filtering, lane sharing, or whitelining) as “means driving a motorcycle, that has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including on both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways.” California Lane Splitting Law gives motorcycles the ability to move past traffic and avoid road hazards.
Currently, in the U.S, lane splitting is only legal in California. However, lane splitting is legal in most European countries.
Unfortunately, there is not enough data to determine if it does or not –– making the California Lane Splitting Law controversial. Drivers often see lane splitting as dangerous and reckless while motorcyclists believe it improves traffic congestion, keeps them safer by decreasing chances of being rear ended, and helps them avoid overheating.
Even though drivers and riders have different feelings about California Lane Splitting Law, it is still important to follow safe practices on the road. To help, California Highway Patrol developed educational safety guidelines to minimize the chances of motorcycle injury and accidents during lane splitting.
Here are lane splitting tips for motorcyclists:
Keep in mind, you still have to obey speed limits, rules of the road, and lane split responsibly if not you can be ticketed.
These practices should be used especially in traffic when motorcyclists are going faster than you. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road and awareness of motorcycles on the road splitting lanes.
No driver or rider is perfect. So if your receive a California ticket, we contest infractions revolving around speeding, red lights, red light cameras, cell phones, signs (primarily stop signs), carpool violations, out of lane violations, and commercial violations. Don’t hesitate to contact us at Get Dismissed.
GetDismissed produces results in fighting all kinds of tickets. Unfortunately, this list does not include exhibition of speed citations. Your best bet in fighting one of these infractions, is to contact an attorney. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to try and reduce fines, or even to reduce the charges to a lesser infraction which could possibly qualify for traffic school.
We do however, contest infractions revolving around speeding, red lights, red light cameras, cell phones, signs (primarily stop signs), carpool violations, U-turns, out of lane violations, and commercial violations. If you receive a citation and have questions, contact us today.