Utah’s Motorcycle Lane Filtering Law In Effect As Of Today

It is always important to watch for motorcycles on Utah’s roads and with a new law in effect as of today it is especially important. Utah Legislature passed a bill this year that allows lane filtering by motorcycles. For those that are unfamiliar, lane filtering is when a motorcyclist travels between lanes of stopped traffic, moving to the front of the line. In the rural Uintah Basin, this mostly means that lane filtering can occur while traffic is stopped at lights on Highway 40 in Vernal, Roosevelt, and Duchesne. Lane filtering is legal in Utah anywhere the speed limit is posted at 45 mph or less and only when the road has two or more lanes in the same direction. When filtering, motorcycles cannot exceed 15 mph and once traffic begins moving, the motorcyclist must merge back into a lane as soon as possible. All drivers are urged to be watchful for motorcycles. Riders engaging in lane filtering are urged to use extreme caution. Visit www.ridetolive.utah.gov for more information.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.