First PA Driver Cited Under New 4 Foot Passing Law
Just hours after the new four foot passing law took effect in PA the above “accident” happened as a juvenile driver struck a cyclist from behind in the middle of the day, and then attempted to flee the scene. A local public transit driver blocked in the offender after witnessing it in their mirror, and the Bethlehem police just happened to be crossing the bridge moments later.
From the Bethlehem Police Blog:
The juvenile offender has been the first in Bethlehem, and perhaps the state, to be charged under a new section of Pennsylvania law that provides additional protection for cyclists on our roadways. The section took effect at 12:01 a.m. on the date of the crash. The section is, in pertinent part:
§ 3303. Overtaking vehicle on the left.
(a) General rule.–The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to the limitations, exceptions and special rules stated in this chapter:
(3) The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a pedalcycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left of the pedalcycle within not less than four feet at a careful and prudent reduced speed.
In addition, the juvenile offender has been charged in Northampton County Juvenile Court with:
§ 3742(a) – Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury (M2)
§ 3334(a) – Turning Movements and Required Signals
Read more at bethlehempolice.blogspot.com.