Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Sounds like it is much the same as California. Not legal, but neither is it illegal, since there is nothing in any of the state codes or regulations mentioning it in any way.
The CHP (California Highway Patrol) has statements in a flyer and in the FAQ's on their website that says "Lane splitting is permissible if done in a safe and prudent manner".
If one is doing it generally below around 35 MPH, no faster than 15 MPH over the slowest cars you are passing, the CHP pretty much has a blind eye to it. These "guidelines" however are not written anywhere, so it is somewhat of a crap shoot, always up to the observing LEO if you are being "safe and prudent".
Unfortunately, some local police departments do not agree with the CHP, so you are always liable to be pulled by one of them. San Diego Police Department is one that may stop you, but even then some of them don't stop you either. I have heard nothing of anyone being stopped in the last year, so maybe they are bending to the CHPs guidelines.
I did it every day for nearly 5 years going to and coming from work, only had one instance where a SDPD motor officer lighted me, pulled up by me and on his speaker said "Lane splitting is illegal, stay in your own lane.". I looked at him and said "The CHP allows it.". He shook his head and pulled away, so I did not get stopped. He must have been in a hurry to get somewhere, or I probably would have been stopped.
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