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(Cleveland - A new state law takes effect on Tuesday that aims to protect cyclists from the motoring public. 

The law requires motorists to have a 3 foot space between their vehicle and a cyclist, when they are passing a bike rider on the road. 

Steve Magas of the Ohio Bicycle Federation says he is glad cyclists are getting some legal protection. 

Magas is an attorney who was one of the lawyers representing the victims families in fatal crash that killed two cyclists in Brecksville back in 2015. In that case, the motorist was acquitted after pleading not guilty. 

The state legislature approved the law after 3 years of lobbying by cycling enthusiasts. In 2015, 24 Ohioans died in bicycle crashes, Ohio now becomes the 40th state to enact a bicycle safe passing law.

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