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The 3′ Law: Lessons Learned from a National Analysis of State Policies and Expert Interviews (2012)

Due to the significant number of bicyclist fatalities and injuries that occur as a result of accidents with motorists, bicyclists in many states, including New Jersey, are demanding the adoption of a Three-Feet Law. The Three-Feet Law (herein referred to as “3 Foot Law”) requires motorists approaching a bicyclist traveling in the same direction to provide a minimum passing distance of three lateral feet between the vehicle and the bicyclist. Although some advocates are in opposition to the 3 Foot Law, many advocates vehemently support it, believing that the “minimum” distance is critical to protecting bicyclists. Justification for additional protection has also been shown in recent studies.

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