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Motorcycle lane-splitting bill dies in Nevada Senate

Motorcycle lane-splitting bill dies in Nevada Senate

Rick Echkardt at Badland Motorcycle Products
Biker Rick Echkardt sits in the repair shop at Badland Motorcycle Products in Sparks, Nev., on May, 7, 2013. Eckhardt is the president of the Northern Nevada Confederation of Clubs.(Photo: Andy Barron, Gannett)

 

Brian Duggan, USA TODAY

RENO – A proposal to make Nevada the first state in the nation to legalize motorcycle lane splitting has died in the state Senate. The bill would have allowed motorcycles to drive between cars as long as traffic was stopped and the motorcycle did not go faster than 10 mph.

Proponents said the legislation would make it safer for motorcyclists to ride in heavy traffic.

“I have two friends who have lost their lives because they got hit from behind from a vehicle that did not see them even though they re stopped”, said Democratic Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, who sponsored the legislation. The whole premise of it is safety, it s not about being the first one off the line.

While it passed the Assembly with little opposition in April, it died Friday night in the Senate in a 5-16 vote.  Republican Sen. Don Gustavson said he didn t like the idea of groups of motorcyclists lane splitting given the fact Nevada hosts motorcycle gatherings such as Street Vibrations.

“As soon as the light changes they all take off and scattering in all different lanes so you re just left sitting there waiting until you can go”, Gustavson said. “So I really don t think this is a safe idea”. Had the legislation passed, it would have made Nevada the first state in the nation to officially legalize lane splitting.

California currently permits the practice because there s no law regulating it there. Many countries throughout the world, including much of Europe, allow motorcycle lane splitting.

 

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