Could Nevada Become the Second State with Legal Lane Splitting?
The Nevada AB236 had to face opposing opining, just as it was expected, but the claims were mostly based on anecdotal “proofs” and unfounded fear. Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton opposed the law project adding “she doesn’t want motorcyclist’s guts end up all over the back of her car.”, according to Hell for Leather. Not the best reason, might we add, at least when compared to all the studies carried out in Europe and California.
In the end, the bill passed with several changes, as follows:
1. Mopeds would not be allowed to “lane split”;
2. Instead of requiring a person who was lane splitting to drive in a cautious and prudent manner, the amendment requires that the person drive in a manner that is reasonable and proper, having due regard for the traffic, surface and width of the highway, the weather, and other highway conditions.
3. Instead of simply limiting the speed of a driver who is lane splitting to not more than 30 miles per hour, the amendment allows lane splitting provided that the motorcycle, while driving between vehicles:
4. Must not travel at a speed which is more than 10 miles per hour faster than the speed of those other vehicles; and
5. Must not exceed a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour.
6. The effective date of the bill is changed from October 1, 2013, to January 1, 2014.
Via Lane Splitting Is Legal.