LAS VEGAS - A viewer asks if motorcycles are legally allowed to split lanes on surface streets and highways in Nevada.
This occurs when motorcycles split lanes and ride in between vehicles. The practice is not legal on any road in Nevada. It is unlawful for a person, except a police officer in the performance of duty, to drive a motorcycle or moped between moving or stationary vehicles.
While that practice remains legal in California, Nevada law prohibits it. The Nevada Legislature this year considered a bill that would have legalized lane splitting, but that measure failed in the State Senate.
It's also illegal for a motorcycle to overtake or pass another vehicle within the same traffic lane. They have to pass, safely, in a separate lane and not by driving between cars.
Nevada Highway Patrol is cracking down on this with fines that start at $190. NHP says their main goal is safety. Knowing that a motorcycle is a smaller vehicle and often not seen, splitting lanes increases the chances of a collision.
One last reminder for motorcyclists: please wear a helmet and protective gear.
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