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Snyder OKs 3-foot distance to pass bikes on the road

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers will have to allow at least 3 feet of clearance or a "safe distance" while passing a bicyclist on the road under bills signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Snyder signed the legislation Friday. The laws take effect in 90 days.

One measure requires teen drivers to learn about laws pertaining to cyclists and other vulnerable roadway users for one hour as part of their initial driver education course.

Motorists will have to pass at least 3 feet to the right or left of a bike or, if it is impracticable to do so, pass at a safe distance at a safe speed.

The 3-foot distance requirement brings Michigan in line with many other states. Motorists in violation could face a traffic ticket.

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