The California Highway Patrol and Office of Traffic Safety are stepping up efforts to increase awareness about bicycle safety in the month of May after a recent increase in bicycle-involved collisions in California.
According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, there were 142 bicyclists killed in collisions in 2011 in California alone. This accounts for 5% of all fatal collisions that year.
In an effort to reduce this number, the highway patrol have declared May to be Bicycle Safety Awareness Month. The CHP's "Roll Model" campaign encourages drivers and cyclists to give each other plenty of space on roadways, use helmets and seat belts and be extra careful at night.
The CHP also announced that a new law will go into place on Sept. 16 that will require all drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet of space or slow down and pass the bicyclist when it is safe to do so.
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