Senate approves new rules for drivers passing bicyclists

Drivers overtaking bicyclists on Kentucky roads would have to leave at least 3 feet between their vehicle and the bicycle under a bill that cleared the state Senate.
    
The Kentucky Senate voted 33-4 to approve a bill that governs how drivers are to pass bicyclists. The bill also gives drivers permission to cross over onto the left side of the road to avoid a bicyclist, even if it is a no passing zone. The bill says the driver must first check to see that the left lane is not obstructed.
    
Four senators voted against the bill. Republican Sen. Paul Hornback of Shelbyville said it would encourage people to ride bicycles on state highways, which could cause accidents.
    
Bill sponsor Democratic state Sen. Robin Webb of Grayson said the bill would heighten awareness of bicyclists.

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