Originally Posted by ongrade
Seriously, since I was a sheriff in CA and we were taught that if you get in an accident while violating traffic law YOU ARE at fault I'll stand by what I said. That section you referenced just means a citation won't be issued.
OK, we're talking about two different things, I guess.
Yes, I'd agree that if a (non-California) cop is zipping down between a line of stopped cars and runs into one, he'd be at fault, even if he's operating under an exemption from a lane splitting prohibition.
Are you legally allowed to do what you're doing?
Is a different question than:
Are you immune from blame for accidents resulting from the things you're doing?
I would suggest that the answer to the latter should rarely be "yes" in any case.