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I've seen videos of people passing in between cars at red lights, just to get to the front of the line. In one of the videos, the guy said it was legal. He was in the US. Anyone know how I can find out if this is legal in my state? Because this would be awesome.
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What state?

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Its called lane splitting, and its legal in some states. Quick google search:

State-by-state motorcycle laws

"Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes"
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hmm ok. thanks for the info
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We can't in nc. Plus ppl get all pissed off and try to run you over/open doors on you

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I've done this a few time if there is space in front of the first car in line and there's no cops around, oh what a hooligan I am..
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Only state that it's not illegal is California. So, you're out of luck.
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Only state that it's not illegal is California. So, you're out of luck.
Well, you'd be surprise at the amount of cagers who get upset when we split lanes here in Cali. Many of them still think it's illegal and will sometime retaliate (sp?) by opening doors or veering over to block you from splitting. I'm like, hell, don't get mad at us bikers because you decided to bring a big azz car to a traffic jam.
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Must be a norcal thing, cause I've never had an issue down here in the land of traffic jams. I've had people try to close up the gap between lanes to keep me from passing in traffic, but that's about the worst of it. I go to the front at every light, and split anytime traffic drops below 40 on the freeway.

As for legality, there are a bunch of states where it isn't mentioned in the codes, which basically means it's not illegal. However there are other things that cops can cite you for if they feel like it. Same goes here, just because splitting lanes is legal doesn't mean they cant give you a ticket for riding like a jackass.
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Must be a norcal thing, cause I've never had an issue down here in the land of traffic jams. I've had people try to close up the gap between lanes to keep me from passing in traffic, but that's about the worst of it. I go to the front at every light, and split anytime traffic drops below 40 on the freeway.

As for legality, there are a bunch of states where it isn't mentioned in the codes, which basically means it's not illegal. However there are other things that cops can cite you for if they feel like it. Same goes here, just because splitting lanes is legal doesn't mean they cant give you a ticket for riding like a jackass.
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I've done a few times, even though it's "illegal" here in my state. No cop has given me a ticket for it and all motorcycle cops do it as well. I do keep it to a minimum though, I only split if I feel like conditions are unsafe for me (ie after the first rain, don't feel like getting rear ended cause someone forgot how slick the roads get) or if there is a bad traffic jam. Otherwise I notice drivers tend to get irritated towards me.
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Not legal in my state but I still do it here and there. Im a bike, enjoy the perks
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Well, you'd be surprise at the amount of cagers who get upset when we split lanes here in Cali. Many of them still think it's illegal and will sometime retaliate (sp?) by opening doors or veering over to block you from splitting. I'm like, hell, don't get mad at us bikers because you decided to bring a big azz car to a traffic jam.
In San Diego, it's a way of life like stnkbg said. When I was out there, it was commonplace to see cars move over and give the people on bikes MORE room as they split. The one time I rode a bike out there to Palomar, we split and I didn't have a single problem.
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We can't in nc. Plus ppl get all pissed off and try to run you over/open doors on you

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Also, the petty ass police will write you a $240 ticket for doing so in North Carolina. Trust me. "Failure to maintain proper lane position while on a highway with clearly designated lanes", they called it.
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