Today, State Representative Michael Henne (R-Clayton) applauded the passage of House Bill 154, legislation that addresses the safe passing of bicycles by motor vehicles and malfunctioning traffic lights at Ohio House session.

“As I teach my 4th child to drive, we concentrate on anticipating the unexpected and that means giving others space,” said Henne. “As bicycles become a more common mode of transportation, we need to learn to share the road.”

House Bill 154 addresses the issue of malfunctioning traffic lights by requiring vehicle operators to follow the procedures that apply when a traffic control signal does not indicate the right of way when a traffic control signal is malfunctioning at an intersection. This also includes a failure of the vehicle detector to detect the vehicle.

Furthermore, HB 154 implements a safe passing distance to the left of three feet or more when a vehicle passes a bicycle.

House Bill 154 passed with bipartisan support and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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