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#1 I filter frequently in heavy traffic (WHEN ITS STOPPED) 45 54.88%
#1 I never filter 32 39.02%
#2 I have been pulled over for filtering and it wasn't good! 1 1.22%
#2 No LEO's i know care, and i never get pulled over despite daily doing it. 27 32.93%
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:15 PM   #41
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Do better research DJ, Sheldon got it right...

it never made it to light... and has yet to be re-introduced.
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:24 PM   #42
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one answer of someone getting pulled over... please what happened, and how serious? Was it the only reason you were pulled over?
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:38 PM   #43
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I was in georgia where Filtering is against the law and a pretty healthy fine. This was about 10yrs ago in rush hour taffic in Atlanta where it could take up to 3hrs to go 10miles. I passed a local LEO who was 3 lanes over in the outside lane and i was in the inside lane at which point he jumped into the outside emergency lane rolled up beside me turned his lights on and hit his PA system in his car telling me to pull over to the outside shoulder of the road. At which point i was issued a citation costing $285.00
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I was in georgia where Filtering is against the law and a pretty healthy fine. This was about 10yrs ago in rush hour taffic in Atlanta where it could take up to 3hrs to go 10miles. I passed a local LEO who was 3 lanes over in the outside lane and i was in the inside lane at which point he jumped into the outside emergency lane rolled up beside me turned his lights on and hit his PA system in his car telling me to pull over to the outside shoulder of the road. At which point i was issued a citation costing $285.00
Do you still filter, and do you still daily commute in houston traffic? No problems?
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It is very rare that i filter now only when i am in a complete rush.
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:53 PM   #46
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1. Do you routinely lane filter on a DAILY commute in houston.
2. Have you ever been pulled over for lane filtering (not for any other cause) and what was the consequence?
1. I rode from the Katy to the Medical Center almost almost every weekday. I filtered only in really crappy traffic, because it was pretty common for some jackass to try to cut me off. I just simply let them know they are #1 and go around them anyway.

2. I have never had any kind of run in with the law for lane filtering (lane splitting).
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i filtered for 6 month when i had the chance to commute to school on my bike. i only did it on the hwy and never got pull over. i did it twice a week every week. i passed a few cops but never filtered inbetween a cop, i usually see them and quickly move a lane over and filter pass them. i only did it when the traffic was at 0-20mph.

i never filter at stoplight because there is no need, i can wait 1 light and i never filter on the shoulder because its to easy. lol
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:29 PM   #48
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I lane split several days/week. Every now and then I have to "help" someone with their side mirror if the try to block. I also inform them that they are an a-hole and it's legal.

As of september 2006, lane splitting became legal in texas provided that traffic is moving no faster than 20mph, the rider is moving no faster than 5mph faster than traffic (eg. traffic is going 10mph--motorcycle can go no more than 15), and not in a school zone.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:32 PM   #49
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:41 PM   #50
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SECTION 1. Section 545.060, Transportation Code, is amended
by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (e) to read as
follows:
(a) An operator on a roadway divided into two or more
clearly marked lanes for traffic:
(1) shall drive as nearly as practical entirely within
a single lane, except as provided by Subsection (e); and
(2) may not move from the lane unless that movement can
be made safely.
(e) The operator of a motorcycle may operate the motorcycle
for a safe distance between lanes of traffic moving in the same
direction during periods of traffic congestion if the operator:
(1) is at least 21 years old;
(2) has successfully completed a motorcycle operator
training and safety course under Chapter 662;
(3) is covered by a health insurance plan providing
the operator with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries
incurred as a result of an accident while operating a motorcycle;
and
(4) operates the motorcycle:
(A) at a speed not more than five miles per hour
over the speed of the other traffic;
(B) in traffic that is moving at a speed of 20
miles per hour or less; and
(C) in a location other than a school crossing
zone or other than a location where the posted speed limit is 20
miles per hour or less.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2006.

Hope this helps...
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that would be sweet, I didn't think it had actually been ratified...
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yeah i dont think that bill passed. cause i remember emailing them. plus it was posted on this board before by racerx i believe.

so it is still illegal in texas.

and i believe knocking peoples side mirror off is uncalled for. at least i never done it, or kicked in peoples car cause they raged at me.
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You guys are right...died in committee.

As far as the mirror goes...trying to hit me and cause me bodily injury costs exactly one side mirror...
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:26 PM   #54
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I don't lane split too much anymore, I just changed my riding style so I'm always as close to the light as possible. It sucks when I get stuck behind some super slow-be who takes half a minute to clear the intersection, but usually I'm pretty good at picking who to stop behind. I'm pretty sure its illegal, but I use the bicycle lane if I need to turn right and there is a line at the light, not the same as filtering, but still.
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i don't do it daily, because i rarely run into traffic that makes me feel uncomfortable enough to do it, but i ride in a manner that i feel will keep me most safe. if that involves lane sharing so that i don't get rear ended by the idiot behind me eating, talking on a cell phone, smoking, and putting on make-up, so be it. if i ever get stopped, i won't mind telling the cop that the person that was behind me was on a cell phone and i honestly felt like they were putting my life in danger.
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Quote:
SECTION 1. Section 545.060, Transportation Code, is amended
by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (e) to read as
follows:
(a) An operator on a roadway divided into two or more
clearly marked lanes for traffic:
(1) shall drive as nearly as practical entirely within
a single lane, except as provided by Subsection (e); and
(2) may not move from the lane unless that movement can
be made safely.
(e) The operator of a motorcycle may operate the motorcycle
for a safe distance between lanes of traffic moving in the same
direction during periods of traffic congestion if the operator:
(1) is at least 21 years old;
(2) has successfully completed a motorcycle operator
training and safety course under Chapter 662;
(3) is covered by a health insurance plan providing
the operator with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries
incurred as a result of an accident while operating a motorcycle;
and
(4) operates the motorcycle:
(A) at a speed not more than five miles per hour
over the speed of the other traffic;
(B) in traffic that is moving at a speed of 20
miles per hour or less; and
(C) in a location other than a school crossing
zone or other than a location where the posted speed limit is 20
miles per hour or less.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2006.

Hope this helps...
As of 2007, Sec 545.060 doesn't say anything about operating a motorcycle, etc. 'Got the book right here. I WISH it were that way from 06 but I do it anyway. Stupid Cagers drive like they have no job!
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As of september 2006, lane splitting became legal in texas provided that traffic is moving no faster than 20mph, the rider is moving no faster than 5mph faster than traffic (eg. traffic is going 10mph--motorcycle can go no more than 15), and not in a school zone.
THIS DID NOT MAKE IT INTO LAW as much as i wish it did. it didn't.
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I have before, mostly at lights. Lately I dont anymore cause cagers dont understand that it doesnt affect their progress at all and try to run me over over turn me into a door ornament!!!! Never been pulled over for it, I dont think a cop ever saw me though.
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You guys are right...died in committee.

As far as the mirror goes...trying to hit me and cause me bodily injury costs exactly one side mirror...
Depending how aggressive they are being when they try to hit, I agree 100%. A clear attempt deserves retribution. I want them to KNOW it's not worth trying to injury or kill me just for passing.
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I've emailed Gary Elkins to add my voice to the chorus. Had also emailed my Houston rep & senator as well a few weeks ago.

It's easy, guys - the links below let you put in your address & get linked to the webpage for your senator & house rep. There'll be an email link on their page. Takes 2 minutes...

http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Se...embers.htm#FYI

http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/welcome.php
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