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Authorities 'educate' drivers on sharing roads with bicyclists

Posted at 11:17 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 02:17:06-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Officers from different agencies in Nevada joined forces on Wednesday to make sure drivers were following the law and giving space to bike riders.

An officer rode a bike with a laser to see how close cars got to him when he was riding and if a car was too close another officer would pull the driver over.

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Nevada law says drivers must give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space.

"Our ultimate goal on the road is zero fatalities. Unfortunately, that only lasted 18 hours and 18 minutes in 2020. So, as we approach this new year, we want people to see the increase in education and enforcement and have them understand we are taking traffic safety seriously and our goal is to keep cyclists and motorists safe,” said Andrew Bennett, with the Nevada Office of Pubic Safety.

Authorities said they conducted 170 traffic stops and wrote 184 citations during Wednesday's event.