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Feb 16th 2016, 11:47 PM   #1
 Pigs's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

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Oregon motorcycle cop nearly gets hit by car

I don't agree with his lane positioning but I'm sure he has reasons. Definetly some instant karma though

Watch: Tigard motorcycle officer nearly hit by car | OregonLive.com
Feb 17th 2016, 12:24 AM   #2
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  Feb 2016
  Bothell

Love when this happens to me, even more so when the driver is an asshat about it afterwards.

However,

Assuming they didn't come into contact... Why was this cop legally allowed to pull the driver over? Driver used their signal, didn't appear to be speeding, intoxicated or changing lanes to quickly.

Any cops on here wanna answer?
Feb 17th 2016, 02:46 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Beijing

  Honda CBF190R
Quote:
Originally Posted by bumblebeetuna
Love when this happens to me, even more so when the driver is an asshat about it afterwards.

However,

Assuming they didn't come into contact... Why was this cop legally allowed to pull the driver over? Driver used their signal, didn't appear to be speeding, intoxicated or changing lanes to quickly.

Any cops on here wanna answer?
I'm not a cop, but I think it's obvious that the driver made an unsafe lane change. It appears that the motorcycle was occupying the lane when the car driver entered it... And I think that occupying a lane that is already occupied by another vehicle is illegal, motorcycles included.
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Feb 17th 2016, 03:16 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

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Quote:
Originally Posted by galenernest
I'm not a cop, but I think it's obvious that the driver made an unsafe lane change. It appears that the motorcycle was occupying the lane when the car driver entered it... And I think that occupying a lane that is already occupied by another vehicle is illegal, motorcycles included.
+1
Feb 17th 2016, 05:21 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Vantucky, WA

  KTM 1290 Super Adventure , KTM RC 390, KTM 350 EXC
Stuff like that right there is why I now have a Denali sound bomb on my bike.
Feb 17th 2016, 05:51 AM   #6
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  Feb 2016
  Bothell

Quote:
Originally Posted by galenernest
I'm not a cop, but I think it's obvious that the driver made an unsafe lane change. It appears that the motorcycle was occupying the lane when the car driver entered it... And I think that occupying a lane that is already occupied by another vehicle is illegal, motorcycles included.
You are probably right. However I always viewed unsafe lane changes as erratic or unpredictable driving. Which is sorta what the RCW says. However Washington law seems very vague, even an officers response in the Seattle PI sounds like something a very dumb lawyer could crush. Specially in that videos situation. Driver did yield. Curious if Oregon is much diff or at least more specific with their laws.


Never thought of this as illegal n still question that. Maybe I can get the next person who does this to me and then flips me off afterwards cause I honked a nice ticket for road rage and unsafe lane change(dreaming obviously)... but seems more satisfying then being one of those people who kicks doors or knocks off mirrors.


Can someone be ticketed for a dangerous lane change? - Seattle 911 ? A Police and Crime Blog


Q: When I was driving to work today I saw a car change lanes in front of me, but was nearly hit by the vehicle in the lane it merged into.

Is there a law specifying the distance a driver must have to safely change lanes? If so, what is the fine for violating that?

A: “Whomever is occupying the lane first has the right of way so other drivers must yield,” State Patrol Sgt. J.J. Gundermann said. “The fine for unsafe lane change is $124 dollars. If it causes a collision, it’s $175.”

Gundermann referenced section 46.61.140 of the Revised Code of Washington, which addresses the issue.


RCW 46.61.140


Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic the following rules in addition to all others consistent herewith shall apply:

(1) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.

(2) Upon a roadway which is divided into three lanes and provides for two-way movement of traffic, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction when such center lane is clear of traffic within a safe distance, or in preparation for making a left turn or where such center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the same direction that the vehicle is proceeding and such allocation is designated by official traffic-control devices.
Feb 17th 2016, 06:39 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton, OR

  08 FZ1
I have had this happen to me too. The cop is obvious going to pull this driver over. If this had been me or you with a camera rolling and this happened to us, what can we do about it? Scream and yell at the driver? Get into a road rage situation by smashing a mirror?(not really) Take the video to the police? Will they do anything with the video?
Feb 17th 2016, 06:50 AM   #8
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  Feb 2016
  Rent'n

  2002 Honda RC51, 2005 Honda RC51
The first thing I looked for was there a cell phone in the driver's hand and you can clearly see two hands on the wheel. The plates look out of state and I don't think the driver was looking over their shoulder.

It is just daydream driving and the officer probably was pulling over to investigate, educate and let go.

With the cars blinker on and already changing lanes from the far right, if this were me on the bike...I would be cautious and slow down a bit and be ready for that cut-off and move to the right of the center of my lane.
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Feb 17th 2016, 06:50 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle, WA

This makes the news? Wow, this stuff happens to me everyday in and around Seattle whether I'm on a motorbike or in a car. Must be a slow news day...
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Feb 17th 2016, 06:50 AM   #10
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  Salem, Oregon

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I had seen this on facebook. The comments were loaded with folks complaining how it's hard to see motorcycles. Then if they speed like this cop (who wasn't ) they are nearly impossible to see. Wankers.
Feb 17th 2016, 07:02 AM   #11
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This is regular enough occurrence that I just figure people will do this every time. I do like how the cop maintained his speed while the guy merged into him instead of using his brake to get out of the situation.
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Feb 17th 2016, 07:15 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Beijing

  Honda CBF190R
It looks like the cop maintained speed to assert dominance in his lane. It's very possible that he predicted the car driver's behavior ahead of time and just refused to defensively react. (We've all done it). Not a terrible thing sometimes.


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Feb 17th 2016, 07:55 AM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

I'm most impressed by the cop not saying "motherfucker" or anything else with the camera and audio rolling. That's discipline!
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Feb 17th 2016, 08:03 AM   #14
 
  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

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Originally Posted by Pigs
I don't agree with his lane positioning but I'm sure he has reasons. Definetly some instant karma though
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I think his lane position was what I would have chosen and it saved him from getting sideswiped.
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Feb 17th 2016, 08:08 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Vancouver WA

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Cop was going fast in the fast lane, so no fault there.

Car driver wanted in the fast lane and was signaling to get over, which is good but doesn't negate the fact that you need to look over your shoulder before changing lanes.

Cop had to have seen her signal and out of self preservation should have slowed down to let her in. I know that isn't manly or whatever but how manly is dead? Instead he decided to create a situation instead of avoiding one.

Car driver is totally at fault, but it could have been avoided.
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