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NEW LAW IMPROVES SAFETY BY GIVING
BICYCLISTS MORE SPACE ON THE ROAD

"Three Feet for Safety Act" Takes Effect September 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is alerting drivers about a new law that requires them to give bicyclists, traveling in the same direction, three feet of clearance when passing. The Three Feet for Safety Act takes effect September 16, 2014.

According to the new law (AB1371, Bradford), signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on September 23, 2013, if traffic or roadway conditions prevent motorists from giving cyclists three feet of space, drivers must “slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent” and only pass when a cyclist will not be in danger. Violations are punishable by a $35 fine. Motorists who collide with cyclists and injure them while violating the Three Feet for Safety Act can be subject to a $220 fine. Under the previous law, a vehicle was simply required to pass to the left at a “safe distance.”

Each year in California, more than 100 people are killed and hundreds of thousands more are injured in bicycle collisions. Some bicycle related crashes are connected to the bicyclist’s behavior, while others are due to the motorist’s lack of attention.

Bicycle riders on public roads have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, and are subject to the same rules and regulations. Refer to the California Driver Handbook to become familiar with these rules.

For more information about safely sharing the road, check out these helpful DMV resources: Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Motorists, Bicycle Resources, and an Informational Video.

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DMV WORKING WITH POLICE TO CRACK DOWN ON REPEAT DUI OFFENDERS

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has teamed up with 35 law enforcement agencies across the state in an effort to keep suspended drivers with prior DUI convictions off the road.

Under the "Hot List" project, the DMV provides the agencies with bimonthly lists of the driver license numbers of suspended or revoked multiple DUI offenders in their jurisdictions. Based on that information, law enforcement agencies then create a list for their officers with the names, addresses, photos, and vehicle descriptions of the individuals most likely to reoffend.

The purpose of the "Hot List" project is to help law enforcement agencies enforce DMV's licensing actions to reduce recidivism and crashes among suspended/revoked multiple DUI offenders in California. "Research shows a staggering 75 percent of drivers who are convicted of DUI continue to drive despite being suspended or revoked," exclaimed Jean Shiomoto, DMV Director. "This program is aimed towards a significant reduction of that number."

The "Hot List" started in 2011 as a pilot program with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to implement a monitored project with DMV's Research and Development Branch providing oversight of data and implementation by the agencies. During the pilot period, DMV worked with 15 participating police and sheriff's agencies. The enforcement activities during the first year resulted in 115 citations for driving on a suspended or revoked license, 129 vehicle impoundments, and 23 DUI arrests.

In the current phase of the project, DMV expanded the distribution of the "Hot Lists" to 35 participating agencies. DMV and OTS are now working to expand the program to include up to 50 law enforcement agencies across the state.

    Fast Facts on Repeat DUI Offenders:
  • 27% of convicted California DUI offenders are repeat DUI offenders.
  • They represent less than 1% of California's total drivers, but are highly over-involved in crashes.
  • They are involved in 24% of California's fatal DUI crashes and 63% of injury DUI crashes.
  • They are up to 47% more likely to reoffend within five years than first time offenders.
  • Save Time, Go Online! Doing business with the DMV has never been easier. The DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its Website including online advance appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions. Customers can also effect transactions by calling DMV customer service at (800) 777-0133.DMV is a department under the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).

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