Because Sun City West welcomes residents from so many other states in the country, the Recreation Centers is sharing an important update about Arizona driving laws that will affect all our motorists.

Arizona’s new “Lane Filtering Law” allows two-wheeled motorcycles (not trikes) to travel between lanes of traffic in specific instances on roads that would include R.H. Johnson Boulevard and most of Meeker Boulevard, among other arterials throughout the larger area.

So even if you are not a motorcyclist, you should be aware of the law for your own safety as you may experience a motorcycle come up the lane between you and another vehicle. While the Rec Centers does not advocate for or against this practice, we advise all our residents to be familiar with the law so they are not caught off guard.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB1273 into law in March, but it was not slated to go into effect until 90 days after the legislative session ended, which was June 25. That makes the law’s effective date Sept. 25, but sporadic instances of lane filtering already can be seen out on the streets.

Lane filtering is not the same as California’s lane splitting. Under Arizona’s lane filtering law, motorcyclists may travel between lanes of traffic:

  • On surface streets with a speed limit of 45 mph or slower
  • Only on streets that have two or more adjacent lanes in the same direction of travel
  • They may only filter between stopped vehicles; they may not pass a vehicle in motion
  • The maximum speed for a motorcycle traveling between lanes is 15 mph

Be aware of the law. Be safe. And as always, be courteous to one another out there!

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