Just three days ago, I posted that AB 51 had passed the full Senate, and here we are, closing out the week with more good news—AB 51 achieved concurrence in the Assembly yesterday, 74-0. Yeehaw!
Here’s video of Assemblymembers Quirk and Lackey discussing the bill in the Assembly, along with the vote.
Quirk says of the loss of the CHP guidelines: “AB 51 clears up that ambiguity—they can now put out guidelines. This bill is supported by law enforcement, insurance groups, all the motorcycle groups that were in opposition of the bill last year are now in support.”
Lackey speaks on the potential benefits of lane splitting: “We believe that this bill is going to help instruct people to do it safely. The data is clear that lane splitting can increase the overall safety of a motorcycle rider, when it’s done correctly, because it helps minimize the thread of rear impact collisions, which are far more dangerous for motorcyclists. Lane splitting also has positive effects on reducing traffic congestion, which I can surely appreciate in my district, where we have over 100,000 commuters every day. There’s no issue more important issue to me than roadway safety, given my past career with the Highway Patrol and I strongly feel that AB 51 will improve roadway safety, and is really good policy…”
So AB 51 is on the home stretch, headed to Governor Brown for signature. The best thing to do now to ensure that signature happens is to send a support letter to Quirk’s office—his staff will be compiling all of these letters to share with Brown. You can download a sample letter here—personalize it as you like, share why lane splitting matters to you. Send it to Quirk’s Chief of Staff, Tomasa Dueñas at Tomasa.Duenas@asm.ca.gov, by Wednesday, August 10 at 12pm. Thank you!
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