New Ohio bill requires drivers to leave 3 feet of space for bikes on road

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - A law protecting travelers with only two wheels takes effect this week in Ohio.

Ohio House Bill 154 requires drivers to leave at least three feet of space when passing bicyclists on the road. It updates a previous state law requiring drivers to pass them at a safe distance.

The amendment also allows vehicles and bicycles to treat malfunctioning lights as a stop sign, because bikes don't weigh enough to activate traffic light detection devices.

Violators will face a misdemeanor and a possible fine of up to $150.

But some bicyclists worry the law won’t get enforced.

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