Happy New Year, all! Here's an overview of new laws that take effect this effect that may impact bicyclists.
Arizona: A new DUI law mandates 10 days of jail time and drivers license suspension for a first time offender.
California: The legal requirement for night cyclists to use a headlight, rear reflector and side reflectors has been clarified to include cyclists on on sidewalks and paths. California law has also been updated to allow the use of reflective ankle straps or reflective shoes instead of reflective pedals.
Illinois: A new three-foot passing law takes effect January 1. Motorists will be required to give at least three feet of room when passing a cyclist.
New Mexico: Mandatory helmet law comes into effect for children and teens 17 years of age and younger.
Oregon: The Vulnerable Roadway Users law enhances the penalties against motorists who injure or kill pedestrians and cyclists.