SACRAMENTO With 2014 just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding motorists of some of the new laws that will become effective in the new year. The following laws go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.
Bicycles: Passing Distance. AB 1371, known as the Three Feet for Safety Act, will require a motor vehicle driver passing a bicycle that is proceeding 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.
When three feet is not possible, the motor vehicle must slow to a reasonable and prudent speed and only pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.
Failing to do so can incur a fine, regardless of a collision or not.
This law will take effect Sept. 16, 2014.
Reference: Special to the Daily News