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Houston To Consider Safe-Passing Ordinance

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) This week, city council members in Houston will consider a safe-passing ordinance. The ordinance is seen as one that would protect both bicyclists and pedestrians that use the road as a means of transportation.

Furthermore, the ordinance would require motorists to keep a minimum of three feet between their vehicle and those cyclists and pedestrians who are seen as vulnerable road users.

With the ordinance in place drivers:

1. Cannot overtake and turn in front of a vulnerable road user unless it’s safe.
2. May not throw any object, item or substance at or against the vulnerable road user.
3. Cannot maneuver their vehicle to intimidate or harass someone.

Should the ordinance pass, motorists who are found in violation of the set outlined guidelines, would face a $500 fine.

The same ordinance exists in Texas cities such as Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin.

A similar law was passed statewide in 2009 but was vetoed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The Houston city council will consider the ordinance during their meeting Wednesday.

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