NJ Drivers Now Required To Move Over, Slow Down For People Riding Bicycles, Scooters

With an average of at least 150 pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey each year, Gov. Murphy has signed into law legislation to require safer practices by drivers overtaking or passing pedestrians.

The legislation compels motor vehicle operators to approach people who are walking or riding devices such as bicycles and scooters with caution. Drivers would be required to change into another lane or leave a distance of at least four feet between their vehicle and the pedestrian.

Under the new law, if a driver is unable to change lanes or leave four feet between themselves and a pedestrian, they must reduce their speed to 25 miles per hour and be prepared to stop. Drivers can only pass the pedestrian if it would not endanger the safety of anyone on the roadway – including the pedestrian and other drivers.

Drivers who fail to comply with the safety precautions provided under the measure and injure someone would be subject to fines and/or motor vehicle penalty points.

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  1. How about the person on the scooter or the slowpoke bike rider should get out of the way. Let him pull over for a second so cars that have more wheels, four is greater than two, can get moving and not hold up traffic.

    This is Democrat donkey backwards!

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