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Lane filtering could prevent dangerous rear-end crashes and save riders' lives

As a motorcyclist, one of the most frightening moments I have encountered on the road is stopping in traffic at a red light where I'm vulnerable to getting rear-ended by traffic behind me. Lane filtering would allow me to proceed in a safe and orderly manner, to the intersection stop line where I can safely wait for the light to turn green.

PHOTO COURTESY OF PRINEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT - A motorcycle is mangled at the scene of a fatal vehicle versus motorcycle collision in southwest Prineville in 2021.Concern about getting rear-ended on a motorcycle at a stop light or in stop-and-go traffic is not unfounded. Just recently, a motorcyclist in Oregon City was crushed between two cars and died when he was rear-ended in traffic. His death would have been prevented if Oregon had a law allowing lane filtering during high-congestion traffic.

Currently only four states are progressive enough to recognize the benefits to motorcyclist safety and reduced traffic volumes that lane filtering has been proven to result in. I urge Gov. Kate Brown, Rep. Dacia Grayber and Sen. Akasha Lawrence Spence to use their position as a lawmakers in our state to help enact lane filtering laws that will make our streets less crowded and safer for everyone.

If my elected officials are uncertain of the benefits of lane filtering, or are unfamiliar with the concept, please consider reading the informative article published online by the American Motorcyclist Association, who endorses laws allowing the practice. That article can be found at

As a constituent of Oregon, and an avid motorcyclist, I hope Gov. Brown, Rep. Grayber and Sen. Lawrence Spence will consider enacting laws allowing lane filtering, so that no more of us have to die simply by obeying current traffic rules.

Justin McCarley lives in Tigard

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