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SAFE ROADS MAILBAG: Arizona Bike Week good reminder for motorcycle safety

Posted: 7:39 PM, Mar 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-28 22:45:33-04
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PHOENIX — In today's Operation Safe Roads mailbag, we've got kind of a preview for next week which is 'Arizona Bike Week' starting on Wednesday. That means motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country will descend on the desert to celebrate their passion and party with other like-minded people.

Connie in Peoria writes: "I would like to see the digital message signs that are over the freeways have a message to motorcyclists that say it is illegal to split lanes in AZ...I've seen a lot of nearly missed accidents when motorcyclists try to get through heavy, slow-moving rush hour traffic by driving between the lanes of vehicles."

Bike week or not, that's a great reminder, Connie. Here's what Arizona law says about lane-splitting:

ARS 28-903 C. A person shall not operate a motorcycle between the lanes of traffic or between adjacent rows of vehicles.

The only exception is for "peace officers in the performance of their official duties."

So will we see a reminder for this and other safety tips from ADOT? I asked and ADOT answered. Motorcycle safety messages will appear on overhead signs on Valley freeways during Arizona Bike Week, April 3-7.