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Lane Sharing, Lane Splitting, and Other Traffic Laws Unique to Georgia Riders


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Motorcyclists may share a lane with a second motorcyclist; however, lane splitting through traffic, or at red lights is prohibited. Motorcyclists share the same rights and duties applicable to any other driver on the road, except those detailed below:


§40-6-311:

(b) A person shall ride upon a motorcycle equipped with handlebars for directional control only while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, and with one leg on either side of the motorcycle.

(c) No person shall operate a motorcycle while carrying any package, bundle, or other article which prevents him from keeping both hands on the handlebars.


§40-6-312:

(a) All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This subsection shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.

(b) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.

(c) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.

(d) Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two abreast in a single lane.

(e) A person operating a motorcycle shall at all times keep his headlights and tail lights illuminated.

(f) Subsections (b) and (c) of this Code section shall not apply to police officers in the performance of their official duties.


§40-6-313:

No person riding upon a motorcycle shall attach himself or the motorcycle to any other vehicle on the roadway.


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