On March 1, the New Jersey Safe Passing Law went into effect, which requires drivers to use “due caution” whenever they see vulnerable people on the road. The new law provides clear rules for all motorists about when and how to pass people sharing the road on foot, on bicycles, on scooters, wheelchairs or in other legally permitted ways to travel other than a motor vehicle. The law states that:
Drivers must follow all current no-passing, no speeding laws AND move over a lane if there’s one to move into.
On a single-lane road, drivers must allow at least a 4-foot safety zone when they pass.
If 4 feet is not possible on a section of road, drivers must slow to 25 mph and be prepared to stop until they can pass safely without endangering those sharing the road.