California drivers to face fines for coming close to bicyclists
September 16, 2014
Motorists in California must now stay three feet away from bicyclists when passing them on the road or risk receiving traffic tickets.
A new state law takes effect Tuesday, which allows officers to cite those who do not obey the distance requirement. Drivers may only come within three feet of bicyclists when passing them if there is no more space available and no danger is present.
“Motorists are reminded to pay close attention as the school year approaches and exercise caution when they see bicyclists on the road,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow to the Sacramento Bee. “Be sure to move over or slow down to pass when you see a bicyclist on the road and help keep our roadways a safer place.”
In 2012, 153 bicyclists were killed in California, according to state data. That figure marked a 7 percent increase from 2011.