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STRONG LANGUAGE: Motorcyclist says driver tried to hit him after he lane split at a red light

Lane splitting is legal in California
Posted at 10:44 AM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 14:26:43-04

A motorcyclist said he was targeted by a driver after he lane split at a red light in Oildale.

In the video, you can see the motorcyclist ride down the two lanes of stopped traffic at a red light.

The rider takes off when the light turns green. A man in a silver sedan passes the rider on the left side. 

The rider then passes the car. At that point, the driver of the sedan flips off the motorcyclist. 

The motorcyclist can be heard talking to himself, "Oh you want to [expletive] talk" before the sedan then drives directly toward him.

The motorcyclists then catches up to the car and asks the driver, "What's your [expletive] problem old man?"

The driver in the sedan speeds up, away from the motorcyclist. 

The driver stops at a red light and the two exchange words. 

The motorcyclist then breaks the side mirror on the sedan before turning on a different street. 

The motorcyclist said he believes he was targeted by the driver because he lane split at the red light. 

In California, lane splitting is legal. 

Current law states lane splitting by a motorcyclist is legal if done safely.

The bill defines lane splitting as driving a motorcycle, which has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane.

The bill permits the CHP to develop lane splitting educational safety guidelines in consultation with other state traffic safety agencies and at least one organization focused on motorcycle safety. For more information about the law, click here.

View the CHP Lane Splitting Guidelines PDF here.