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Lane-splitting controversy: Safety guidelines from the CHP
Lane-splitting controversy: Safety guidelines from the CHP

The controversial practice of motorcycle lane-splitting is legal in California. Or at least it's not illegal. Motorists may hate it, and critics may say it's unsafe. But the California Highway Patrol recently posted guidelines suggesting they condone the practice. According to them, though, there's a right way and a wrong way to do it. The agency's guidelines rest on a fundamental rule: a motorcycle is allowed to pass between cars in adjoining lanes of traffic as long as it does so safely. "Safely" means three things: 1. A motorcyclist should split lanes at no more than 10 mph above traffic speed. 2. A motorcyclist should not split lanes when traffic...

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