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Atlanta cyclists support “three foot law” to prevent accidents


Posted on Mar 23, 2010

Hundreds of cyclists biked to the state Capitol in order to support a measure they feel would make Atlanta streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.  
 
The “three foot law” would require drivers to stay at least three feet away from bicyclists when passing them on the road.  Georgia’s current law states that drivers must give a “safe passing distance.” The term "safe distance" is very unclear to drivers who may not realize the effect that wind from a large vehicle can have on a bicycle.
  
Twelve Georgia residents died after being hit by a car in 2009.  The average is 15 bicyclist fatalities a year due to car-bicycle accidents.
 
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has announced a three year grand of nearly $500,000 to prevent bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities.  
 
For more information about your rights after a pedestrian accident in Atlanta contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.
 

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