Motorcycle Lane Filtering is Legal in Arizona

Last year Arizona legalized motorcycle lane filtering under certain specified conditions, marking a significant change in the state’s traffic laws that could lead to smoother traffic flow and increased safety for motorcyclists.

Motorcycle lane filtering, the practice of motorcycles maneuvering between stationary or slow-moving vehicles, is permitted on roadways with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction. This change aims to improve traffic circulation and reduce congestion, a common problem on Arizona’s busy streets.

The law in place stipulates that lane filtering is only permissible when the posted speed limit is 45 mph or less, which rules out most if not all of SR 347 and SR 238 especially outside city limits. Moreover, motorcyclists must ensure that they do not exceed a speed of 15 mph while executing the lane filtering maneuver between stopped or slow-moving vehicles.

Motorcycle Lane Filtering is Legal in Arizona
Motorcycle Lane Filtering is Legal in Arizona [ADOT]
State officials have made it clear that lane filtering is strictly prohibited on interstates and freeways, regardless of the speed limit or traffic conditions. Violation of these rules can result in penalties, including fines and potential points on the rider’s driving record.

Advocates of the law argue that it could reduce the risk of rear-end collisions involving motorcycles. Critics, however, express concerns about potential dangers to motorcyclists and other road users.

As Arizona implements these new laws, all motorists are advised to take additional caution and vigilance on the road to ensure the safety of all involved. The state is also taking steps to inform the public about these changes and the proper procedures for lane filtering.

The law is in effect, and law enforcement agencies across the state are prepared to enforce the new rules.

Motorcyclists are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new regulations to ensure they are complying and to contribute to safer roads in Arizona.