Nevada Lane-Splitting Bill Dies on the Senate Floor

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The Nevada state Senate voted 16-5 against a bill that would have allowed motorcyclists to lane-split. Bill AB236 had passed through the state Assembly by a strong 35-4 margin on April 18, leading hope that Nevada would join California as the only states to allow lane-splitting. Those hopes were dashed however by a May 24 vote in the state senate.

AB236, as originally introduced by Democrat Assemblyman Skip Daly and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Carrillo (Dem.), would have allowed motorcycles to travel between other moving or stationary vehicles, as long as it is done in a cautious and prudent manner at a speed of 30 mph or slower. The bill was amended April 17 to limit lane-splitters to a speed no more than 10 mph faster than the other vehicles, and was passed by the state Assembly

When the bill arrived at the Senate, it was referred to the committee on transportation which made a further amendment on May 21, further limiting lane-splitting to when traffic is stationary.

The bill was then read for the third time May 24 before being defeated, with 5 yeas versus 16 nays.

Here’s the tally from the Senate vote:

Kelvin Atkinson Dem. Yea
Greg Brower Rep. Nay
Barbara Cegavske Rep. Nay
Moises Denis Dem. Yea
Aaron Ford Dem. Nay
Pete Goicoechea Rep. Nay
Donald Gustavson Rep. Nay
Scott Hammond Rep. Nay
Joseph Hardy Rep. Yea
Mark Hutchison Rep. Nay
Justin Jones Dem. Nay
Ben Kieckhefer Rep. Nay
Ruben Kihuen Dem. Nay
Mark Manendo Dem. Yea
David Parks Dem. Nay
Michael Roberson Rep. Nay
Tick Segerblom Dem. Yea
James Settelmeyer Rep. Nay
Debbie Smith Dem. Nay
Pat Spearman Dem. Nay
Joyce Woodhouse Dem. Nay

[Source: Nevada Legislature, photo by Eric Schmuttenmaer]

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  • snail

    Boooo!!!! What’s wrong with these people?

  • Larry

    I rode the LA freeways for ten years and lane splitting was wonderful!

  • Left Coast Tim

    This is the same state that allows any moron who wants to to ride a 49cc cheap Chinese scooter WITHOUT any helmet on surface streets, while allowing semis to drive in ANY lane on the freeway. Apparently, I’m too “thick” to understand Nevada’s concept of “logic”.

  • shredr

    do all of the women that said nay on here ride go get a motorcycle and u will change ur mind damn

  • http://www.motorcycle.com Dennis Chung

    That’s not a fair statement, singling out the women in the Nevada state Senate. It’s not clear how many of these politicians, male or female, ride or whether that had any bearing on how they voted.

  • Nevada Rider

    Terrific and common sense bill! Oh, it’s sponsored by two Democrats. Gotta vote against it then. :(

    I mean seriously! Given folklore, I’d imagine some Democrats voting against it sure and seven did, but every Republican, less one, by a margin of 9 to 1 also said no.

    Time to send these people a follow-up E-mail or phone call and remember them next election.

  • FRE

    Does that mean that in 100 degree + weather if one gets stuck in a traffic jam that will take hours to clear, that one must die of heat stroke?

  • Jeff

    I don’t ride a street bike because of crazy drivers and they don’t look for bikes. With that said, my only problem w/lane splitting is that if something bad happens to the motorcyclist while lane splitting the biker can say it was the driver’s fault and he was following the law. People in cars are too busy eating, putting on makeup, chatting on the phone, surfing the net, texting, and listening to their music. That is a problem within itself. Maybe I am wrong, but they may be trying to prevent accidents and lawsuits knowing how people are these days; careless. By the way, it would be a fine law if when people got on or in their vehicle if all they did is drive and take that job serious and if motorcyclists did not have issue with an occasional bump because a driver did not see them which is possible. People in the US get licenses way too easy and don’t take the job of driver serious. I would like more ‘ground school’ required for drivers to make roads safe, laws don’t help. You don’t get driver’s education then no license!

  • mike p.

    only in a long jam, even then jerks open door, get out, google neck , dangerous., but very tempting.

  • Don

    The #1 accident during freeway commutes is a rear-ender, and often multiple bumper-to-bumpers. I don’t want to be the biker pinned between two cars nose-to-tail. Lane splitting in CA gives me a safer option.

  • ThM

    dont be in between (paralell) With other cars. the most crazy thing for me is to be allowed to drive without a helmet.
    ThM – Norway

  • Vintage_racer

    With out the ability to lane split, there is not much point in using a motorcycle for commuting. If you are about to seat in traffic, it’s better to have an a/c.