New law to reinforce 3-feet distance rule between cars and bicyclists on Suffolk roads

A new law is coming to Suffolk County that aims to make street safer as more bicyclists hit the road in the warm weather.

News 12 Staff

Apr 18, 2021, 9:24 PM

Updated 1,191 days ago

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A new law is coming to Suffolk County that aims to make street safer as more bicyclists hit the road in the warm weather.
Martin Buchman is a survivor of a serious bike crash that happened in Suffolk in 2017. He and his wife are also owners of Stony Brookside, a bed and breakfast that hosts cyclists from around the world.
Since cycling is a passion of theirs, they say they are happy to see a new law in Suffolk County that would fine drivers who do not give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing them.
“It's essential that bicyclists feel safe because we are now sharing the road more than ever,” Buchman says.
Suffolk County Leg. Kara Hahn spearheaded the bill. She says the topic “hits close to home” since her husband was also hit while on a bicycle.
The law states that drivers who violate the 3-feet distance rule could face fines up to $225 for a first offense, $325 for a second offense and $425 for any subsequent offenses.
AAA found that Suffolk County had the highest number of pedestrian deaths, including bicyclists, in New York from 2011 to 2019.
Legislators say Suffolk County police have been trained and will enforce the new law. The law is expected to go into effect in the next couple of weeks.


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