The Victor crew came across a growing movement in the U.S. to change some particular traffic laws for motorcyclists. According to a report from MSN, Texas lawmakers will be voting on a bill to allow motorcyclists to split lanes of traffic under very specific, heavy traffic conditions.
Texas would become only the second state in the U.S. to allow lane splitting for motorcyclists after California which passed a similar bill in 2016. In California the law about lane splitting had been ambiguous before the bill.
Proponents of lane splitting often cite the high safety record of such laws which are common in Europe. In heavy traffic motorcyclists are often “bumped” by passenger vehicles in heavy stop and go traffic and lane splitting can help reduce this safety hazard. It is also known that such laws can help relieve traffic congestion by allowing motorcyclists to cut to the front of the queue. But a new point is being brought up in the argument for the Texas bill—the high heat of Texas weather combined with heavy traffic can potentially damage air cooled engines on motorcycles.
While the evidence may be in favor of lane splitting, only about 20 percent of Texas legislators are convinced it is a good move for their state.