I am going to play devils advocate here by saying that I don't think there is a law preventing a vehicle from going through a bike formation. Say there is a formation of fifty bikes all using the stagger formation and following the two second rule, that takes up a lot of highway. What happens if said formation is going to prevent you from getting to your exit lane? Just because there is a group of bikes it does not give them any special breaks, if you watch when cars are cutting in and out of lanes they are not leaving a whole lot of space but it is not as noticable because they have a cage surrounding them. This is one of the many reasons I will not ride in a group of more then two or three. As far as cel phone use goings that is a whole different ball game. I think they should be outlawed in vehicles unless the vehicle is pulled over to the side of the road and not moving period. As far as I am concerned they are more dangerious then a drunk behind the wheel.
I concur, sort of. What concerns me here in the original post and some responses is all this talk about riding "in formation" and being "in formation," as if riding a motorcycle is akin to being in a fighter squadron. It is, most assuredly, not, although it would be tough to convince a lot of riders of this.
I'm not defending careless drivers on cell phones. What I'm suggesting is that it might be a good idea to re-think the notion that bikers "in formation" are some sort of infallible force that everyone else on the road must yield to. If your "formation" is holding up traffic, then you need to break it up. That's just common courtesy, and common sense.
Just because we ride motorcycles doesn't give us the right to hog the road.
Finally, I completely agree those those who are leery about riding in groups larger than three. I'm pretty particular about my riding partners. There are all kinds of folks out there who think it's OK to ride two abreast, who ride a bike exactly like they drive a car (which is to say, not defensively), who just don't have sufficient or experience to be on the road with others. You see it all the time. Exhibit A is Sturgis. Yikes. Check out the accident and death statistics for that event.