Friday, January 25, 2013

3 foot passing and following too close bill passes Senate

On Wednesday the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously voted to approve SB 1069, Following too closely; includes bicycles, mopeds, etc., increases minimum clearance. The bill prevents motorists from following bicycles too closely and it increases the passing distance from two feet to three feet. This is the text of the bill:
"Following too closely; passing other vehicles. Includes bicycles, electric personal assistive mobility devices, electric power-assisted bicycles, and mopeds among vehicles that the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow more closely than is reasonable. The bill also increases from two feet to three feet the minimum clearance between a passing vehicle and an overtaken bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, animal, or animal-drawn vehicle."
The next step is approval by the full Senate. See the VBF reports on the bill. Thanks to VBF for monitoring progress of the bill and speaking out in support during the committee hearing.

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