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Old 07-30-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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As far as I can tell, there is no specific law in NJ about lanesplitting. But everyone I know who rides tells me this is illegal here.

Could one of our LEOs confirm this or point me in the direction of which statute (or whatever its called) addresses this?

Im not talking about weaving in and out of traffic at speed. But when there is a HUGE line of cars stopped in traffic, or at a long traffic light with tons of cars jammed up. Most motorcycles are aircooled and if the bike doesnt overheat on a hot summer day in traffic its at least 300* oven baking your legs and groin on top of the heat comming up from the road and other cars.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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It is not legal in NJ. Some states allow it. Quite frankly, I'd never attempt it on a NJ Highway. first off my bike is too wide and the way drivers change lanes without the slightest indication you are taking you life in your hands. Probably the worst time is very slow moving traffic because as we all know, getting six inches further up the roadway by changing lanes twelve times is a great benefit. The ones getting zero sympathy are those passing down the middle at 50 mph. Organ Donors in waiting.

As for a statute, it would be covered under the catch all of Careless Operation N.J.S.A. 39:4-97 of N.J.S.A. 39:4-85 Improper Passing makes it illegal to pass another vehicle from less than a safe distance or in any manner that is unsafe. I don't think any Judge is going to see it as reasonable to have two vehicles in one lane within inches of each other.

Move to a good synthetic oil and an oil cooler.

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Old 07-30-2010, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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I couldn't find the code on the issue, but most cops will pull you & write you for it, in NJ.
GL, mD
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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I couldn't find the code on the issue
As I pointed out Title 39 doesn't cover the specific act. The statutes don't cover every action possible by a motor vehicle hence the Careless type statutes. Quite frankly, the situation has a lot to do with the possible issuing of a summons. Air cooled, HD especially overheat. If it is nothing more than an attempt to get off the roadway, not that big of a deal. But splitting a lane at high speeds. Well, you're going be unhappy.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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As I pointed out Title 39 doesn't cover the specific act. The statutes don't cover every action possible by a motor vehicle hence the Careless type statutes. Quite frankly, the situation has a lot to do with the possible issuing of a summons. Air cooled, HD especially overheat. If it is nothing more than an attempt to get off the roadway, not that big of a deal. But splitting a lane at high speeds. Well, you're going be unhappy.
Agreed, not that big of a deal. But if you ride, you know the safest spot in the pack is out front. So if there is a light or stopped traffic the urge to just get out in front when it would be so easy is hard to fight sometimes. lol

Gota love the NJ catchalls!
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