Alabama State Senator Seeks Law on Bike, Car Road Sharing

July 14, 2014

An Alabama state senator wants to require drivers to stay three feet away from bicyclists after a recent fatal crash.

Republican state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur told the Decatur Daily that he hopes lawmakers will approve a “three-foot bill” in 2015. Orr said he plans to introduce a bill if no one else does.

The issue has captured attention recently. Rufus Daniel Nix was charged in June with vehicular homicide in the death of Walter Dennis Ham. Police have said Ham was riding his bicycle on Upper River Road near Priceville in July 2013 when 85-year-old Nix struck him while driving.

Orr said any law’s goal should be education, not punishment. He said bicyclists and motorists have to share the road.

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Latest Comments

  • July 16, 2014 at 11:28 am
    TB says:
    Most of the riders have cars so they pay the same as everyone else. The bikes cause less wear on the roads than cars so we are in fact extending the life of the roadway when ... read more
  • July 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm
    bob says:
    tell me again how much in fuel taxes, and therefor maintenance costs of the roads, do bike riders pay???
  • July 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm
    Trish says:
    Bikes want to share the road... then they should use lights at night, STOP at all stop signs, move over so one can pass properly, etc. Bicyclists are famous for complaining ab... read more
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