Arizona

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Current Arizona effort to legalize Lane Sharing.

2010
• During the Forty-ninth Legislature, Second Regular Session, Arizona worked on legislation to allow riding between lanes of stopped traffic in Maricopa count (Phoenix area) only. On May 6, 2010, an assistant for Rep. Weiers (the bill’s sponsor) confirmed that the bill did pass the Senate without any changes and was forwarded to Governor Brewer’s office. On May 11, 2010, the bill was vetoed by the Governor’s office.

FACT SHEET FOR H.B. 2475

motorcycle operations; riding between lanes

(NOW: riding between lanes; motorcycle operation)

Purpose

Prescribes a one year period during which motorcycle operators in Maricopa County may pass vehicles in the same lane and drive between lanes of traffic.

Background

Arizona law specifies that motorcycles are entitled to the full use of a lane. However, statute precludes a motorcycle operator from overtaking and passing in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken, driving more than two abreast in a single lane or driving between the lanes of traffic or between adjacent rows of vehicles (A.R.S. § 28-903).

There is no anticipated fiscal impact to the state General Fund associated with this legislation.

Provisions
1. Permits a motorcycle operator who is driving through stopped traffic in a county with a population of more than 2,000,000 persons to do either or both of the following:
a) overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken; or

b) operate the motorcycle between the lanes of traffic or between adjacent rows of vehicles.

2. Repeals that ability on January 1, 2012.

3. Becomes effective on January 1, 2011.

House Action

TI 2/25/10 DPA/SE 8-0-0-0
3rd Read 3/24/10 54-0-6-0
Prepared by Senate Research
March 30, 2010
AO/ly

BILL STATUS OVERVIEW
HB2475
SPONSORS: WEIERS JP P
TITLE: motorcycle operations; riding between lanes
(NOW: riding between lanes; motorcycle operation)
HOUSE FIRST READ: 01/21/10
COMMITTEES: ASSIGNED COMMITTEES ACTION
Vote Detail 01/21/10 TI 02/25/10 (8-0-0-0-0) DPA/SE
Vote Detail 01/19/10 RULES 03/08/10 (8-0-0-0-0) C&P
HOUSE SECOND READ: 01/25/10
MAJORITY CAUCUS 03/08/10 Y
MINORITY CAUCUS: 03/08/10 Y
COW ACTION 1: DATE ACTION AYES NAYS NV EXC
03/18/10 DPA 0 0 0 0
AMENDMENTS
TI – passed
THIRD READ: DATE AYES NAYS NV EXC EMER AMEND RFE 2/3 VOTE RESULT
Vote Detail 03/24/10 54 0 6 0 Y PASSED
TRANSMIT TO SENATE: 03/24/10
SENATE FIRST READ: 03/25/10
SENATE SECOND READ: 03/29/10
COMMITTEES: ASSIGNED COMMITTEES ACTION
03/25/10 NRIPD 03/29/10 W/D
Vote Detail 03/29/10 PSHS 03/31/10 (4-1-2-0) DP
03/25/10 RULES 04/26/10 PFC
MAJORITY CAUCUS: 04/27/10 Y
MINORITY CAUCUS: 04/27/10 Y
CONSENT CALENDAR: 04/26/10 4:36 PM Object
COW ACTION 1: DATE ACTION AYES NAYS NV EXC
04/27/10 DP 0 0 0 0
THIRD READ: DATE AYES NAYS NV EXC EMER AMEND RFE 2/3 VOTE RESULT
Vote Detail 04/29/10 19 8 3 0 PASSED
TRANSMIT TO HOUSE: 04/29/10
TRANSMITTED TO: GOVERNOR 04/29/10
ACTION: VETOED 05/11/10

Reasons for the veto(see page 5-6)

May 11, 2010

The Honorable Ken Bennett
Secretary of State
1700 W. Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Re: House Bill 2475 (riding between lanes; motoorcycle operation)

Dear Secretary Bennett,

Today I vetoed House Bill 2475. The bill would have allowed motorcycle operators in Maricopa County to pass vehicles in the same lane and drive between lanes of stopped traffic for a one-year period.

This practice is currently prohibited by law in Arizona and it is not clear how this proposal, which is drafted as a one-year session law, could be implemented in a way that all motorists would be advised of this change in traffic law and educated on how to operate in a safe manner.

Further, should the practice sunset as prescribed (when the legislature is not in session and without a study to determine its impact), a public awareness and education campaign would need to be implemented to notify the public again.

Jurisdictional implementation, as it is proposed in this bill, also may create a potential for complications. I do not think that it is wise or product to sign a bill that would allow traffic practices in one part of the state that remain offenses in all other areas. This will create a confusing patchwork of traffic safety enforcement wherein vehicle operators would be in compliance with the law in one area, and then in violation in the next as they drive from county to county.

I am also concerned that some highway safety officials and law enforcement agencies raised questions on the impact this practice would have on safety. In addition, both the National Highway Safety Administration and the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles both hold that it is unsafe to operate a motorcycle between rows of stopped or moving traffic. While California does not specifically prohibit lane-splitting, it is important to note that the state calls it an unsafe practice.

I take highway safety seriously; especially the safety concern of motorcylists. That is why I recently signed SB 1023 motorcycle vehicle accidents; death; injury. This bill added violations to those that constitute causing serious physical injury or death by a moving violation, earning wide support in the motorcyclist and highway safety community.

I encourage the sponsor to work with the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Department of Public Safety to gather available data on the need for, and implications of, this legislation.

Sincerely,
Janice K. Brewer
Governor

cc: The Honorable Kirk Adams, The Honorable Robert Burns, The Honorable Jerry Weiers

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1 Comment

  1. Rotorboy
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Having read the reasons for veto, what is being done to address the issues sited and how can I help?

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