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SHAR­ING the road is im­por­tant for the safety of all road users. Mo­torists and cy­clists both have the same rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when on our roads. Leg­is­la­tion has been passed to en­sure that mo­torists must stay fur­ther than one me­tre from a rider when pass­ing a bike rider in a 60kmph or less speed zone. For speed zones over 60kmph, mo­torists must al­low at least 1.5 me­tres when pass­ing a bike rider. Mo­torists can cross cen­tre lines, in­clud­ing dou­ble un­bro­ken lines, strad­dle lane-lines or drive on painted is­lands to pass bike rid­ers, pro­vided the mo­torist has clear view of any ap­proach­ing traf­fic and it’s safe to do so. The pass­ing dis­tance rules are here to stay and driv­ers caught break­ing these rules can be is­sued an in­fringe­ment no­tice with a fine of $378 and three de­merit points. If the mat­ter goes to court a max­i­mum fine of $4712 can ap­ply. Lo­cal po­lice are en­cour­ag­ing all road users to share the roads. Be pa­tient, let some­body in, give a wave of thanks to oth­ers do­ing the right thing, keep a look out for trucks, trains, bi­cy­cles, mo­tor­cy­cles and pedes­tri­ans, know and fol­low the road rules. For more in­for­ma­tion visit jointhedrive.qld.gov.au for in­for­ma­tion and get in­volved and fol­low the con­ver­sa­tion on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash­tag #SpeakUp­forRoad­Safety.

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