There is a new law pertaining to cyclists riding on roadways that Georgia motorists need to know.
Sheriff Barry Babb said the new “3 Feet Law” deals with motorists passing cyclists on roadways.
Babb said the new law, which became effective July 1, requires drivers to give people riding bicycles three feet of space on the state’s roads when passing.
Babb said the new law not only says to give cyclists three feet, but also requires:
• If there’s an available lane, you are required to get over
• You can now cross a double yellow or white line to give three feet of space
• If you can’t cross the line because of oncoming traffic, you must slow down at least 10 miles per hour when passing.
Signed into law as O.C.G.A. 40-6-56, the new bicycle safety law took effect July 1.
Violations are considered a misdemeanor and carry a fine of up to $250.