Looks like it's still alive in a somewhat truncated form. OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Motorcycle riders would get preferential treatment on some highways during traffic jams under a bill that has the support of the state Senate. The bill would give motorcyclists permission to drive on the far left shoulders of divided highways when traffic is moving under 25 miles an hour. “It really is about relieving congestion,” said Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Mason County, the bill’s sponsor. Sheldon tried passing a bill last year that would have allowed what’s known as “lane splitting,” allowing bikers to ride between cars stopped in traffic. That bill failed. He said this proposal would alleviate traffic and make highways safer for motorcycle riders in heavy traffic. ”When congestion basically stops traffic, a motorcyclist… they’re vulnerable to over-heating as well as being rear-ended,” said Sheldon. The Washington State Patrol testified against last year's bill and will again if Sheldon’s bill gets a hearing in the House of Representatives. “I think there’s too much risk,” said Sgt. Paul Cagle, who thinks any traffic relief won’t be worthwhile. “We’re going to see fatalities go up,” he said. Cagle said the shoulders routinely have debris in them and troopers likes having those areas to themselves while responding to emergencies.