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New Bike Safety Law Goes Into Effect in Two Weeks

New Bike Safety Law Goes Into Effect in Two Weeks
Posted September 3rd, 2014 @ 8:11am by KFBK News - James Rojas

With kids, teens, and adults heading back to school, the California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists of a new law that requires them to maintain a three-foot distance from those riding bicycles. 

The CHP says this law, that takes effect in less than two weeks, will help reduce the number of tragedies involving bicyclists.

In 2012, 153 people riding bikes were killed in California alone. 

According to, more children between 5 and 14 were seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to bicycling than any other sport. 

The CHP is also reminding those riding around that if you're under 18 years old, you're required by law to wear a helmet, which can reduce severe brain injuries by 88 percent.

The law requiring the three-foot distance when overtaking or passing a bicyclist takes effect on Sept. 16. 

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