The California Highway Patrol offers guidelines for lane-splitting motorcyclists

Locals sound off on the issue

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's called lane-splitting, or also known as white-lining.

It's when a motorcyclist rides the space in between two lanes of traffic to get around town faster. California is the only state in the country that allows it.

The California Highway Patrol officials said they posted specific guidelines on their website about lane splitting. However, many local drivers oppose the slick maneuver altogether.

"I think they can cause a lot of accidents and at the same time, it's really annoying when you're going the speed limit and they cross right in front of you," Reena Chandi said, a local driver.

Linda Crane, another local driver, agrees.

"It's scary because I'm afraid they are going to get hurt because they just whip in and out of the traffic."

According to the CHP website, motorcyclists must travel at a speed that is no more than ten miles per hour faster than other traffic and should be cautious of how much room there is between two cars. Some local riders agree that safety rules should be in place.

Carson Puryear, a local rider, said, "If they're at a dead stop, you don't want to be going faster than ten miles per hour in between them anyway in case somebody opens their door, so I don't think it will be an issue at all."

To read the guidelines, go to http://www.chp.ca.gov/programs/motorcycle.html.

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