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December 25, 2013
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3 feet law with cyclists begins next September in California

TAHOE/TRUCKEE — The California Department of Motor Vehicles has a variety of new laws that become effective in the new year. One of the more important laws deals with sharing the road with cyclists.

AB 1371 — known as the Three Feet for Safety Act — will require a motorist passing a bicycle traveling in the same direction to pass with no less than 3 feet between any part of the vehicle and any part of the bicycle or driver.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, when 3 feet is not possible, the motorist must slow to a “reasonable and prudent speed and only pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.”

A violation with our without a collision is punishable by a base fine of $35, according to the law. If a collision occurs and a cyclist is injured, the driver faces a $220 base fine.

The law becomes effective Sept. 16, 2014.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 25, 2013 02:42PM Published Dec 25, 2013 11:36AM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.