There's a new law set to take effect in Kentucky that seeks to provide additional safety to cyclists.

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On Saturday, July 14th, the new law takes effect here in the Commonwealth.  It basically requires motorists to share the road.  Drivers are now required by state law to  allow at least three feet of space between their vehicles and cyclists . . . or they can move over to an adjacent lane when available.

The law was passed following the tragic death of Western Kentucky University golf coach Phillip Hatchett, who died last month after being struck by a vehicle while cycling.  And, though the accident didn't happen in Kentucky, residents in Owensboro and sports fans around the world were shocked when former Moto GP champion Nicky Hayden was struck by a car and killed while cycling in Italy.


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