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Should lane-splitting be legal?

On Behalf of | May 11, 2018 | Injury And Tort Law |

Motorcycle enthusiasts far and wide have debated over the topic of lane-splitting. An action in which a motorcyclist goes in between lanes during slow-moving or stopped traffic, lane-splitting can save time by allowing motorcyclists to move through congestion quickly. Those in favor of this practice argue that not only can it save time; it can also help motorcyclists get out of uncomfortable, extreme temperatures and can boost fuel efficiency. Currently, lane-splitting in Mississippi is not authorized, but could it one day follow suit after California has adopted this driving practice?

The Pew Research Center takes a look at this controversial topic in an article on lane-splitting safety, noting that California is the only state that currently allows such actions on the road. However, many states in recent years have made efforts to change strict lane-splitting laws. PEW confirms these efforts by stating that legislators have attempted to push bills that legalize this driving method in at least 15 other states, but to no success. Some motorcyclists have even taken to protests in attempts to modify laws. Currently, PEW shares that seven states — including Massachusetts and Arizona — are taking steps this year to legalize lane-splitting.

There seems to be a clear split on the subject of lane-splitting, but as for now, Mississippi law’s are not undergoing change. The American Motorcyclist Association outlines the state’s motorcycle laws, which also include that Mississippi riders do not receive coverage under the Lemon law, a regulation that protects drivers when they have purchased a new vehicle with a defect. Although lane-splitting is prohibited, the state does not require the use of eye protection or passenger age restrictions. There may be a long road ahead when it comes to lane-splitting in the United States, but it is clear that attempts to change this law are seeing some progress.