In his justification for motorcycle "lane splitting," Doug Smith writes as if all motorcyclists are supremely careful drivers. He ignores the numerous hazards this practice poses to automobile drivers.
If Smith wants to take his chances of becoming road kill, he might want to consider the consequences to drivers who are unable to see motorcycles in their blind spots. Motorists who end up harming lane splitters have to live the rest of their lives knowing they changed or even ended a precious life through little fault of their own.
Lawmakers must take a serious look at the number of accidents and fatalities resulting from this practice of beating traffic. Automobile drivers who weave through traffic can be cited for reckless driving; motorcyclists should suffer the same consequence to protect everyone's safety.