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As the weather warms and days grow longer, the streets of New Jersey are becoming more vibrant with activity. With the change in season, motorists must remember their responsibility on the road, especially when it comes to sharing the space with pedestrians and cyclists. At DeBoer's Auto, we care about the safety of all road users, and that's why we want to remind you of some important laws and guidelines to follow as you navigate the roads this spring.

One of the most significant laws to be aware of is the New Jersey Safe Passing Law, which went into effect on March 1, 2022. This law is designed to protect vulnerable road users, including cyclists, pedestrians, scooters, and people in wheelchairs, from unsafe passing maneuvers by motorists. It's important for all drivers to understand and abide by this law to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.

According to the Safe Passing Law, drivers must adhere to all current no-passing and no-speeding rules. Additionally, when passing vulnerable road users, drivers must provide at least a 4-foot safety zone between their vehicle and the person sharing the road. This means that if you encounter a pedestrian or cyclist on the shoulder or in a painted bike lane, you must leave ample space between your vehicle and the individual, not just the painted line on the road.

Cyclists are also granted specific rights under this law. They are legally allowed to take up the entire lane if necessary for their safety, and they can ride two abreast as long as they stay as far to the right as practicable. Motorists need to be patient and understanding when sharing the road with cyclists, ensuring that they have enough space to navigate safely.

Furthermore, when sidewalks are unavailable, pedestrians have the right to walk on the road facing traffic. Drivers need to be vigilant and watch out for pedestrians, especially in areas where sidewalks are scarce. By being aware of these laws and respecting the rights of all road users, we can create a safer environment for everyone.

As we head into the spring and summer months, it's also important to remember the standard for passing emergency vehicles in New Jersey. According to the law, drivers must follow all current no-passing and no-speeding rules, and if possible, move over a lane when passing an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road. If moving over isn't feasible, drivers must slow down to 25 mph and be prepared to stop until they can pass safely without endangering those on the road.

On single-lane roads, drivers must allow at least a 4-foot safety zone when passing cyclists or pedestrians. This ensures that everyone can share the road safely without risking accidents or injuries. By obeying these laws and guidelines, we can all do our part to make New Jersey's roads safer for everyone.


At DeBoer's Auto, we prioritize safety above all else. Whether you're behind the wheel of a car, riding a bike, or walking along the road, we urge you to stay vigilant and considerate of others. By working together, we can create a community where everyone can travel safely and enjoy all that New Jersey has to offer. Drive safely, and remember to share the road responsibly.

Tina Ormond

Written by Tina Ormond

Tina Ormond is a highly experienced Store Manager in the automotive industry with over 15 years of experience. She brings a unique blend of innovation and expertise to her role. Drawing from her background in Social Science, Tina seamlessly integrates her love for people into effectively guiding daily operations. From coordinating customer support teams to managing back-of-the-house operations, Tina ensures excellence in repairs and technical support while prioritizing customer satisfaction. With a deep understanding of automotive intricacies cultivated in dealership environments, Tina's blogs offer valuable insights and solutions for enthusiasts and professionals alike.