New Bike Regulations Introduce Fines for Close By Drivers

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Bicycling in California can be a sheer pleasure. The great topography and weather year round has made the Golden State one of the premier biking regions. Bicyclists from across the country come to the state to compete or just ride around for fun. With the many bikers from and around the state, there are many actions that the state legislature has done intended to make the roads safer.

There were 124 bicycle fatalities on California’s roads in 2012 according to the state Office of Traffic Safety. This figure is higher than 2011’s figure. And in turn, this was higher than in 2010. The increase led to the state doing multiple things to try and protect riders on the road.

CVC Section 21760.

One of the chief parts of legislation was CVC Section 21760, the Three Feet for Safety Act. The act, which became effective in September 2014 according to the DMV’s website, causes drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet distance when passing.

When violated, drivers must pay a $35 fine and if a collision is involved, the fee increases to $220. Coupled with administrative fees and local fines, the real price paid by drivers can be significantly higher.

With the high number of cars on the roads, riding a bike must always come with special cognizance of who or what is on the road. Many parts of the state are extremely bicycle friendly and others, like the Los Angeles area, are not. This is because it can be more difficult to ride in traffic. No matter what the case, pay attention remains vital to your surroundings and ensuring your safety.

If you have any questions about this law and how it could affect you or about bicycle law, Los Angeles’ premier personal injury and bike accident attorney Michael Ehline stands to help. Ehline Law has helped many clients that have had issues with bikes. Our team of experts will be able to assist you and get you back on your feet — both literally and figuratively. Call or email us today for a free consultation.