Better Look Before You Open Your Car Door

Drivers will have to pay attention to bicyclists before they open car doors or face a fine under a bill approved by the Wisconsin Legislature.

The bill approved by the Senate and Assembly on Tuesday requires drivers to take "due precaution" to ensure opening their doors will not interfere with traffic or endanger any person. Violators could be fined $40.

The plan also eliminates a requirement that riders allow three feet between their bike and any vehicle. It is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jim Doyle.

Lawmakers introduced the bill after a Madison woman last year fractured a vertebra when a motorist opening a door threw her off her bike. The woman received a $10 citation for riding too close to the car.

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