PREFILED DEC 06 2017
REFERENCE TITLE: motorcycle operation; lane splitting
State of Arizona
Second Regular Session
amending section 28‑903, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to the operation of motorcycles.
(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 28-903, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
28-903. Operation of motorcycle on laned roadway; exceptions
A. All motorcycles are entitled to the full use of a lane. A person shall not drive a motor vehicle in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This subsection does not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.
B. The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
C. A person shall not operate a motorcycle between the lanes of traffic or between adjacent rows of vehicles.
D. A person shall not operate a motorcycle more than two abreast in a single lane.
E. Subsections B and C do not apply to peace officers in the performance of their official duties.
F. Notwithstanding subsections B and C of this section, the operator of a motorcycle may overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken and may operate the motorcycle between the lanes of traffic if all of the following apply:
1. The operator of the motorcycle and, if applicable, a passenger on the motorcycle each wear a protective helmet that is safely secured in an appropriate manner on the operator's and passenger's head.
2. Vehicles operating in the lanes of traffic are traveling at a speed that does not exceed twenty miles per hour.
3. The motorcycle does not travel at a speed that exceeds twenty‑five miles per hour or ten miles per hour more than other vehicles operating in the lanes of traffic, whichever is less.
4. the motorcycle displays a lighted head lamp.
5. The motorcycle is not on an exit or entrance ramp to a controlled access highway.