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Enforcement of a Three-Foot Rule in Utah

Many states (including Minnesota) have rules that require vehicles to allow a certain buffer between themselves and a bicycle when passing to the left. Minnesota has a three-foot rule, as does Utah. Many feel this rule is decorative – on the books but never enforced.

However, in Utah, it seems that one cyclist is pressing charges for a violation of that very statute. As the article observes, courts are untested on enforcement of this statute in Utah, and quite probably elsewhere as well — I’m not turning up much in WestLaw looking for it (note: I am not a lawyer). This may be interesting to watch progress, because while these kinds of traffic regulations exist on a state-by-state basis, even in state courts many verdicts look to other states for precedent and guidance when a statute comes to challenge.

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Author: julie

Julie Kosbab is an online marketing consultant and active transportation advocate living in Anoka County, Minnesota. She was one of Minnesota's only League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors when certified in 2005. She is a past member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association. She has 2 children and 4 bicycles. Find her on Twitter as @betweenstations.

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