Make Lane-Splitting in Texas Legal!

Make Lane-Splitting in Texas Legal!

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Saksitt Buksoontorn started this petition to Governor of Texas Greg Abbott and

Motorcyclists continue to account for a considerable proportion of U.S. road trauma. According to NCSA, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed on U.S. roadways in 2016, which is a 5.1 percent increase from 2015 (NCSA, 2018). One of the main factors is simply because motorists do not see motorcycles. There is a small amount of motorcyclists and people are just not trained to see them. In 2016, California became the first state to legalize lane-splitting. According to the GHSA and State Highway Safety Offices, in 2016 there were 566 motorcyclist fatalities in California. In 2017, this number dropped 28.3% to 406 fatalities. These numbers do not include non-fatal accidents, such as rear end collisions.

Texas suburbs according to the Census Bereau, topped the list of fastest-growing cities in the nation. With the increase of population, comes increase in traffic congestion. Allowing motorcyclists to lane-split will help mitigate traffic congestion freeing up essentially, "unused" road space during times of heavy congestion. There are many roadways in Texas that have more than enough room to allow a motorcyclist to SAFELY lane-split without causing any extra harm or danger to themselves or other motorists. By doing this, it decreases the chances of a motorcyclist getting rear-ended simply because the single tail light or a motorcycle blends in with the car in front of the motorcyclist and the motorist behind cannot tell the difference. By the time the motorist realizes this difference, it is too late.

During the Summer times in Texas (which is basically 275 days out of the year) temperatures reach upwards of 105 degrees. Motorcyclists are exposed to the elements and run the risk of heat stroke, dehydration, and even sun burns while sitting still in heavy congestion. Lane-splitting would allow the motorcyclist to stay in motion and use the natural air flow to keep them cool.

As a motorcyclist myself for the past 14 years, I have experienced all of the above. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca and lane-splitting, although recently legalized in 2016, was utilized way before then. I moved from Los Angeles to San Antonio because I am an Active Duty member proudly serving in the world's greatest Air Force and quickly learned that lane-splitting is not legal in San Antonio. I had friends injured and killed in both states due to other motorists not being able to see the rider. I've encountered TOO MANY situations that would have killed me had I not moved off to the side during times of heavy congestion. I would hate to see any more of my friends injured or killed because they were not able to lane split.

Sen Kirk Watson has introduced legislation to allow lane splitting in certain circumstances. His bill is known as SB 273, which would allow lane splitting during heavy congestion, where traffic is moving at 20mph or less and any motorcyclist engaging in lane-splitting will not travel more than 5mph faster than the vehicles in the adjacent lanes.

We are not advocating for at-speed lane splitting, but simply passing safely and responsibly in the unused space between lanes.

Please help save lives and mitigate these issues by legalizing lane-splitting. 

 

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