3 feet law with cyclists begins next September in California | SierraSun.com

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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