Is California the only state where lane-splitting is legal?

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  1. Jasonj

    Jasonj OT Supporter

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    I live in Florida, but moving to Georgia in June.
    I've searched, but can't find much.
    I did read that CA is the only one saying it's legal, but other states it doesn't say it's not legal. So what the hell?!

    Any insight?
    Where do you ride, and do you lane split?
     
  2. Frequency

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    CA is currently the only state, there was talk of texas allowing lane splits but as fa as i know those talks are long dead now
     
  3. LiveSideways

    LiveSideways Two bitches at the same time, synchronized swimmer

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    I ride in CA, and spend most of my time in between other cars. If it wasn't for lane splitting I wouldn't commute on the bike, seeing as the only reason I do is to completely disregard traffic. In rush hour the same 15 minute ride would be over an hour with no splitting, then whats the advantage of being on a bike.
     
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    I am scared to split, as recently I was merged into doing that :noes:
     
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    I looked and didn't see a law that said it was not legal to hit someone with an iguana.

    Does that mean it's legal to hit someone with an iguana?
     
  6. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    It's not illegal until it is made a law.
     
  7. lil*o*g

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    I've asked a cop in Atlanta. Lane splitting is not allowed in GA.

    However, in certain counties, there is a no chase rule, so if you do lane split, just make sure you can outrun the cops.
     
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    it's hard to outrun a radio.
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    If you do a wheelie and impress the cops, they let you go free.
     
  10. Jasonj

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    Nope, I think it's called assault and battery?
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    Assault and Iguana
     
  12. GFlem

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    If you hit someone too hard, it might turn into Iguanavated Manslaughter. :wiggle:
     
  13. nsxrebel

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    true. But I'm pretty sure every state has a law regarding splitting lanes. I'm from CA, so I know we definitely can do it, but I've heard we're the only state that it is legal to do so.
     
  14. lil*o*g

    lil*o*g If it wasn't for repost, I'd miss out. And, most t

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    The one time I've been pulled over in GA was for just that. 5 good ol boys were there by the end of it. I didn't get a ticket though. The original cop that pulled me over just told me to keep both wheels on the ground.

    I don't disagree with that. Got stuck in a jam coming from Kroger once. Saw on the news later that nite that the police started chasing a biker on the interstate and then radio'd ahead and set up a road block when he pulled of an exit. Dude actually crashed into the road block, hence the reason I got stuck in traffic. Saw his bike and it had quite a bit of road rash.
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    See, no ticket. You impressed him, and he just wanted to meet you cause you're such a BA
     
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    For Florida:

    316.209 Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic (2) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. (3) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.

    For Georgia:

    40-6-312 (b) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. (c) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.

    AMA has a list of the major things for each state (like mirror/turn signal requirements, requirements for safety gear, passengers, etc.). http://www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/laws.asp
     
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    don't forget animal abuse
     
  18. GammaRadiation

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    :werd:

    I've seen plenty of people lane split in FL, but never unless the car is nearly sstopped and you can still get pulled over and cited for it so do it at your own risk. Its usually big displacement aircooled bikes and it is FL so they have an excuse.
     
  19. JSin

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    I miss lane splitting since I moved out of California, but to be honest, that was the only place I needed it, I don't think I've hit traffic since I left there.
     
  20. Miller Time

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    yeah, California is the only state with traffic for sure.
     
  21. Mint

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    Lane splitting is not legal per say in California.
    It's just not illegal. An officer can still pull you over for many other things at his digression (wreck-less driving, unsafe lane change, failure to signal...etc)

    But theres nothing in California vehicle code on lane splitting.
     
  22. nsxrebel

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    Or in other words, it is legal. If there is no law stating a certain act is illegal, then by definition, it is legal.

    Getting pulled over for other offenses doesn't make it "illegal" either. I've seen riders doing wheelies while splitting lanes, doesn't make lane splitting illegal, nor can you get cited for lane splitting. Now you'll definitely get cited/arrested for wreck-less driving and what not.
     
  23. TRN

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    I've done it going up I95 through the DC area once....

    Only time though.
     
  24. jeffreyliu838

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    Some CA faggots split like douchebags though. Freaking damn dumbasses wearing nothing flying down at twice the speed limit scaring the shit out of drivers by going in between them and then disappearing.

    I think it should be explicitly stated that lane splitting does not mean actual speed limit = speed limit + 50 cause that's what a lot of guys in CA think...
     
  25. 7960

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    the law already says it has to be done in a safe and prudent manner. what you're talking about is already against the law.
     

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