Murphy Signs Bill into Law Requiring Drivers to Move Over for Pedestrians, Bicyclists

Governor Murphy has signed into law a bill that requiring motorists to safely pass people pedestrians and individuals riding bikes and scooters. 

Similar to the “move over” law that protects emergency personnel operating on the side of the road, the new law requires drivers to either switch lanes, give at least four feet of space, or slow down to 25 MPH when there are pedestrians or people on bikes and/or scooters.

Drivers who fail to abide by the new rules could face a $100 fine and no points on their license, while drivers who cause an injury while failing to follow the law could be slapped with a $500 fine and two points on their license.

Advocates of the law have noted that bicycle rider and pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey are on track to well surpass the total from 2020, with pedestrian deaths projected to increase 60% over last year.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Lets see how well this law is obeyed or enforced! Have to laugh that if an injury occurs the driver can be fined $500 and 2 points, that’s what a life is worth!

    While I will add that if you are on a road with little to no shoulder the riders & pedestrians should be riding/walking single file and taking up the least amount of space possible to avoid any incidences.

  2. This might be a difficult task for drivers, especially when a biker is getting too close to another lane, but, to paraphrase a quote from a distinguished and revered punster, “Maybe I’ll give the state a pass on this one.”

  3. Perhaps installing barriers to separate bikers snd automobiles is a solution. There’s no reason why automobiles and bicycles can’t have their own designated real estate with which to operate safely and smoothly.

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