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BILL AS PASSED BY SENATE 2007-2008

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S.275

AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES PASSING BICYCLISTS ON HIGHWAYS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1033 is amended to read:

§ 1033.  PASSING ON THE LEFT MOTOR VEHICLES AND VULNERABLE USERS

(a)  Passing motor vehicles.  Vehicles proceeding in the same direction may be overtaken and passed only as follows:

(1)  The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction may pass to its left at a safe distance, and when so doing shall exercise due care, may not pass to the left of the center of the highway unless the way ahead is clear of approaching traffic, and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

(2)  Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

(b)  Passing vulnerable users.  As used in this subsection, “vulnerable user” means a pedestrian, a person operating a bicycle or other non-motor vehicle, a highway worker, a person riding or herding an animal, and a person operating a farm tractor or implement of husbandry.  The operator of a motor vehicle approaching or passing a “vulnerable user” shall exercise due care, which includes using every reasonable precaution, to safely clear the vulnerable user. 

Sec. 2.  23 V.S.A. § 1127 is amended to read:

§ 1127.  CONTROL IN PRESENCE OF HORSES AND, CATTLE, SHEEP, AND GOATS

(a)  Whenever upon a public highway and approaching a vehicle drawn by a horse or other draft animal, or approaching a horse or other animal upon which a person is riding, the operator of a motor vehicle shall operate the vehicle in such a manner as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of such horse or animal and to insure the safety and protection of the person riding or driving.

(b)  The operator of a motor vehicle shall yield to any cattle, sheep, or goats which are being herded or horses being ridden on or across a highway.

Sec. 3.  REPEAL

23 V.S.A. § 1053 (passing pedestrians on a highway) is repealed.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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