DRIVE WITH RESPECT
This list is a plain-language summary of laws that apply to motorists, with an emphasis on motorists driving around bicyclists, and is provided for general information only. The actual wording of these laws, and additional laws, may be found in the referenced sections Title 41, Chapter 6a of the Utah Code, available online at www.utah.gov/government/utahlaws.html under Utah Code and Constitution. For additional safety tips, visit the Road Respect resources page.
- Motorists may not pass within 3-feet of a moving bicycle (41-6a-706.5).
- Motorists may not attempt to distract a bicyclist for the purpose of causing injury or force a bicyclist off the roadway (41-6a-706.5).
- Motorists may cross the centerline (41-6a-701) or the center two-way left turn lane (41-6a-710) to pass a bicycle if it can be done safely.
- When traveling in a merging lane, yield the right-of-way to all vehicles (including bicycles) traveling in the continuing lane (41-6a-903).
- When turning left, yield to any vehicle (including bicycles) approaching from the opposite direction (41-6a-903).
- When turning right, yield to any vehicle (including bicycles) in the intersection or adjacent crosswalk (41-6a-305).
- Don't drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (41-6a-502).
- Don't follow any vehicle (including a bicycle) too closely (41-6a-711).
- Don't drive carelessly or distracted (41-6a-1715) including not texting or emailing while driving (41-6a-1716).
- Always signal your intention to turn right or left, change lanes, or stop at least two seconds before doing so (41-6a-804). A person may not stop or suddenly decrease the speed of a vehicle without first giving an appropriate signal to the operator of any vehicle immediately to the rear when there is opportunity to give a signal (41-6a-804).
- Motorists may not drive when their front or side view is obstructed (41-6a-1705).
- Know that cyclists are required to ride as far to the right as practicable, though they are allowed to occupy the lane when:
- Passing another bike or vehicle,
- Preparing to turn left,
- Going straight through an intersection past a right-turn-only lane,
- Avoiding unsafe conditions on the right-hand edge of the roadway
- Traveling in a lane too narrow to safely ride side-by-side with another vehicle (41-6a-1105).
- Watch for bicycles in traffic; they are smaller and harder to see.
- Don't underestimate the speed of a bicyclist. Many bicyclists can easily travel at 25-30 mph. Recognize this when making turns and yielding to all road users.
- Be patient when driving around cyclists.
- Be aware of your surroundings, focusing on driving and the road.
- Take caution of oncoming traffic when giving cyclists room as you pass them.
- Slow down around cyclists.
- Be respectful of other road users. Courtesy is contagious.