Lawmakers in California and Illinois have enacted new legislation working against police checkpoints that only target motorcycles. The two states join New Hampshire, North Carolina and Virginia in adopting new laws against the practice many motorcyclists call discriminatory. The controversial practice is described by some law enforcement agencies as a safety measure but motorcyclists say […]
Nevada Lane-Splitting Bill Dies on the Senate Floor
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: