“Safe Passing Law” Goes into Effect

The Safe Passing Law, signed by Governor Murphy last August, went into effect today. The law requires changes in driving behavior for motorists passing individuals on foot or bikes, scooters, and skateboards.

The new law is somewhat modeled after New Jersey’s “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to change lanes or slow down when passing an emergency vehicle or tow truck on the shoulder.

Similarly, the Safe Passing Law requires drivers to move a lane over or leave at least four feet of space between their vehicle and the pedestrian. If it’s not safe to do so, drivers must slow down to 25 mph.

Violators of the new law face $100 fines but will not be penalized with points on their license. However, a driver who violates the law and in doing so causes an injury to a pedestrian will face a $500 fine and two points on their license.

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