NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The city of North Little Rock's Fit 2 Live health initiative and its Bicycle Friendly Community Committee have launched an awareness campaign on the bicycle passing law.
According to Communications Director Nathan Hamilton, this campaign is the first in Arkansas bringing attention to the 3-foot passing law.
The city held a public kick off event Wed., Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. at the City Council Chambers of North Little Rock City Hall.
Hamilton said Aldermen, police, firemen and MEMS personnel will be on hand, along with several community groups, to unveil the designs to be used on billboards, yard signs and bumper stickers in the campaign.
The law in Arkansas is written was follows:
27-51-311. Overtaking a bicycle.
(a) The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a roadway shall exercise due care and pass to the left at a safe distance of not less than three feet (3') and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.
(b)(1) A person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).
(2) A person who violates this section with the violation resulting in a collision causing death or serious physical injury to the person operating the overtaken bicycle shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) in addition to any other penalties prescribed by law.
For more information, visit www.nlrfit2live.org, or read the PDF file attached to this story.