By John Burns
Utah Legalizes Lane Filtering
March 22 was a busy day for Utah Governor Gary Herbert, who signed a total of 163 bills, according to a statement from the governor’s office and ksl.com, bringing the total number of bills passed by the 2019 Utah Legislature so far to 187.
After wrestling with bills about abortion, medical marijuana vis a vis banking, human trafficking, regulation of trampoline parks, establishment of a Navajo Code Talker’s Day, etc., etc… signing HB149 into law was probably relatively stress-free for the governor, but possibly a giant step for Utah motorcyclists and maybe even for the rest of the US?
Sponsored by state Rep. Walt Brooks (R-St. George), HB149 permits motorcyclists to move to the front of waiting traffic at intersections on roads with a speed limit of 45 mph or less. Brooks, who claims he’s twice been the victim of rear-end collisions while on his motorcycle, highlighted the safety of the practice. His Bill had the support of the Utah Highway Patrol and the AMA.
The cogent part of SB149 is:
(5) An individual may engage in lane filtering only when the following conditions
385 (a) the individual is operating a motorcycle;
386 (b) the individual is on a roadway divided into two or more adjacent traffic lanes in the
387 same direction of travel;
388 (c) the individual is on a roadway with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour or less;
389 (d) the vehicle being overtaken in the same lane is stopped;
390 (e) the motorcycle is traveling …read more
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