Motorcyclists in Arizona might get a chance to legally share lanes with cars next year, but if commenters on ABC 15's news report are any indication, non-riders are anything but pleased at the prospect.
House Bill 2475 proposes legalized lane-splitting for motorcycles only when cars are stopped, and touts benefits including lowering the odds of motorcycle rear-end accidents and reducing traffic congestion. The bill has passed House committees, and if it jumps through remaining hoops, will be instituted for a one-year trial in Maricopa County, Arizona.
On a personal note (as a California resident, where lane-splitting isn't illegal when it's done safely and prudently, according to the CHP), I'm surprised every time a lane-splitting proposal is met with resistance (as it was in Texas around this time last year.) Sharing lanes seems to work in Europe and other parts of the world, not to mention to mention here in California, as I've experienced firsthand-- when it's performed with a level head and a high degree of caution.
Do you think Arizonans should have a shot of legal lane-splitting, or is California just a bit too permissive with its motorcycle laws?
Source: ABC 15
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