What does it mean?
The bill provides additional detail to an existing SC law, regarding "safe operating distance" by specifying safe distance as 3 feet, between a motor vehicle and bicycle.
Why does SC need this bill?
This is a public policy response to address how 45% of bicyclist deaths are due to unsafe passing (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), and it presents a great opportunity to launch a public awareness campaign for a defined safe passing.
What will this bill do?
The bill creates opportunity to present a consistent and simple public message about how to safely pass a bicyclist. It clearly defines proper behavior from drivers of motor vehicles when passing a bicyclist, in order to increase security for cyclists.