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New law aims to keep bicyclists safe

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The three feet law is the new Ohio revised code which states that when a vehicle is passing a bicyclist in the same direction the driver has to give 3 feet of space until they have safely passed. The three feet law is the new Ohio revised code which states that when a vehicle is passing a bicyclist in the same direction the driver has to give 3 feet of space until they have safely passed.
Officials say the goal is to reduce pedestrian fatality numbers and better traffic movement. Officials say the goal is to reduce pedestrian fatality numbers and better traffic movement.

A new revised law that is aimed to keep bicyclists safe will be in full effect as of March 21st.

The three feet law is the new Ohio revised code which states that when a vehicle is passing a bicyclist in the same direction the driver has to give 3 feet of space until they have safely passed.

"It's just a little bit of safety for bicyclist because If you've ever rode a bicycle you know you don't go in a straight line so there's always a little bit of wobble and they called that the wobble space and it's about 3 feet, which is about the amount of space a bicyclist needs to ride down the roadway," says Lt. Andy Green from the Lima Police Dept. 

Allen County Prosecutor and avid bicyclist, Juergen Waldick says the revised law brings awareness to the community and lets drivers know that they have to share the road. 

"I've had cars actually hit my arm with their mirrors when they go by that close and I have a camera on the back of my bike for just that reason to see when someone comes up, to know who did it. It's very scary, a collision between a bike and a car, we always lose," says Waldick. 

Officials say the goal is to reduce pedestrian fatality numbers and better traffic movement.

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