California’s Lane Splitting Bill One Signature Away from Being Legal

Aug 09, 2016 View Comments by

lane-splittingAB 51, the bill that would formally legalize lane splitting in California, is one step closer to passing.

Last Thursday, the California Assembly gave the bill—sponsored by Assembly member Bill Quirk—the go-ahead, noting its potential to help reduce traffic congestion and promote safety. It’s now moving on to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. If signed, AB 51 will formally define lane splitting in the state and authorize the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to develop educational guidelines for safe splitting.

Back in 2013, the CHP published safe lane-splitting strategies, but one resident complained that the agency shouldn’t be able to create public policy. Thus, the proposed bill got its start.

Currently, lane splitting is illegal in every state but California, where it is technically neither legal nor illegal. If passed, AB 51 will make the Golden State the first to codify the practice.

 

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