Law requiring cars to give bikes clearance takes effect in 2014

In this Tuesday, June 11, 2013 photo, cyclists ride on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. The city joins New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco this year in turning loose the nation's largest bike-sharing programs, Divvy, catapulting what was once a way for smaller cities to showcase their eco-friendly qualities into the mainstream transportation options of the country's very largest urban expanses. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)

December 23, 2013 4:24:58 PM PST
The DMV is making sure drivers keep a safe distance between their vehicles and bicyclists in 2014.

The Three Feet for Safety Act is one of several new motorist laws taking effect next year.

It requires drivers to stay at least 3 feet away from bicyclists when passing in the same direction or face a fine starting September 16.

And taking effect January 1, any driver 18 years old or younger may not use wireless devices to read, write or send text-based communications, not even with voice activated or hand-free devices.