A couple times a year I send a public records request to the City Court to determine how many people have been cited in Tucson for violations of the three-foot safe passing rule, A.R.S. 28-735 (A).
The statute reads:
“While overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction, a person driving a motor vehicle shall exercise due care by leaving a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet until the motor vehicle is safely past the overtaken bicycle.”
I just got a response today on my most recent request. So far this year, none have been issued. (Three were issued in all of calendar-year 2008.)
Apparently allowing three-feet of passing distance between a motor vehicle and a bicycle just isn’t all that high on the enforcement agenda.