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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2002, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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defining the laws

for anyone out there like me who travells over 100 miles a day in California traffic, you would think I know the laws of the state, WELL, I was stopped by a motorcycle cop "who admitted to being new to the state" for lane splitting. I thought that the law for california is " max 10MPH over the speed of slow traffic, not to exceed 45 MPH". Is that right? Becuase that is what they are teaching at the Military Riders Course, manditory for all on base riding, and according to the california DMV riders manuel, ( which I immediatly looked up at home" one may lane split but there is no clear definitions other than it IS allowed.
I didn't get a ticket, but now everytime I pass a cop, I'm not sure if I am legal or not and I think most let me pass becuse they are in cars, stopped in traffic.
and another thing, motorcycles are allowed to lane split to the front of traffic at a stoplight, right?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2002, 05:49 PM
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I think it's up to the what is safe..splitting traffic is not legal..however , lane sharing long as it's not done in a unsafe manner..once again..the officer has discretion in the matter..I just make sure to check my mirrors before doing any" lane sharing" if ya get my drift.. better safe than sorry..

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-01-2002, 08:34 PM
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I believe lane splitting & lane sharing is legal in California. I've asked CHP specifically & was told that it was. I've also been pulled over for it but was able to convince the county sherrif that I knew it was legal & wasn't ticketed. I'm sure it's legal to move to the front of stopped traffic & have had motorcycle cops pull up to the front with me. I think the biggest factor you should be concerned about is the manner & speed that you do any of these things. Weaving back & forth from lane to lane (lane surfing?) or excessive speed is always going to be a problem in the eyes of a cop.
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