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Motorcycle lane-splitting isn't crazy, but Md. shouldn't rush to legalize it

Motorcycle lane-splitting isn't crazy, but Md. shouldn't rush to legalize it

Motorcycles are far more likely to be involved in accidents — and their drivers and passengers more likely to be killed in crashes — than other vehicles. Much of it is simple physics: Flesh and bone simply doesn’t withstand a high-speed impact as well as cars and trucks. So conventional wisdom is to enforce rules of the road and make sure motorcycles can be seen (and treated courteously) by other drivers. That means granting motorcycles the same ground as one might a much larger vehicle.

But what if motorcyclists were treated more than equal? What if they were given the authority to drive between cars — a situation known as lane-splitting? Or, to put it another way: Just imagine you...

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