Re: Unsafe Lane Change in Orange County, California 21658(A) VC
If I remember correctly, I believe that it is legal for motorcycles to pass between lanes of traffic in CA. I think traffic has to be traveling below a certain speed and the motorcycle cannot be going more than X MPH faster than traffic. If that is true, then a) it would be legal for a cop on a motorcycle to do this and b) drivers would be expected to take this into account when changing lanes. However, you signaled your intent and a driver in the adjacent lane stopped to allow you to move over. That would seem to indicate to a reasonable and prudent cyclist that it was not safe to pass. You might get a sympathetic judge who would dismiss the charge considering the circumstances. However, I'm a little fuzzy on the issue.
Anyone here know the specific requirements for a motorcycle to pass between lanes of traffic? (I'm lazy tonight and don't feel like doing the research)
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