CHP issues first guidelines for motorcyclists who lane split

It's been one of the more controversial practices by motorcyclists, and now the CHP has issued guidelines on it. We're talking lane splitting. California is the only state to allow lane splitting by motorcyclists, where the bikers ride between lanes of slow or stopped traffic. While there's no law allowing [...]

By | February 10th, 2013|33 Comments

Motorcyclist helmets found to save lives

Here's an interesting story from the Associated Press:   By Mike Stobbe Associated Press ATLANTA — Fewer motorcyclists die in states that require helmets, and the costs to society are lower too, according to a new federal study released Thursday. About five times as many no-helmet biker deaths occur in [...]

By | June 14th, 2012|10 Comments

CHP crackdown on motorcyclists in Lake County

Going for a ride this weekend on your motorcycle? Enjoy, but be on your best behavior in Lake County. The CHP there has received a federal grant via the state Office of Traffic Safety to have two officers on overtime target possible DUIs and traffic violations, particularly among motorcyclists, on [...]

By | March 12th, 2011|13 Comments

Motorcycle safety crackdown in Santa Rosa

With motorcycle accidents on the increase, Santa Rosa police on Tuesday will be cracking down on traffic violations that could led to motorcycle collisions. Extra officers will patrol city streets frequently used by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes have occurred and will ticket motorcyclists and other drivers, Sgt. Rich Celli [...]

By | November 29th, 2010|13 Comments

Vote for the worst drivers on the road

In recent postings about motorcyclists and bicyclists, there have been a lot of comments regarding who, in general, really are the worst in following traffic laws. Is it people in their cars? Motorcyclists? Bicyclists? Truckers? Pedestrians even? So we thought we'd put up a poll and ask you for your [...]

By | June 9th, 2010|57 Comments

More on motorcycles ‘splitting lanes’

Our previous posting on motorcycles "splitting lanes" touched off quite a few comments on the safety and sanity of the practice. (Read the previous post here.) Regarding comments over who's responsible for avoiding any collision between motorcycles and other vehicles, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said "splitting lanes" is an issue [...]

By | April 30th, 2010|9 Comments

Splitting lanes

You're driving down 101 when suddenly a motorcyclist zooms past between you and the next car. Is that legal? It's called "splitting lanes," and, yes, it's legal. Or as CHP Officer Jon Sloat described it: "There's no law that says it's not." He said the motorcyclists can only do such [...]

By | April 27th, 2010|14 Comments