- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - Less than a dozen citations have been issued under a 2013 city law that requires drivers to give cyclists and pedestrians three feet of space on Houston streets.

Law enforcement officials and biking advocates say raising awareness among drivers was the critical benefit of the measure that’s been on the books for about 20 months. A Houston Police Department official says that it’s not uncommon for relatively new laws to be rarely used to issue citations.

The Houston Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1KkpFut ) reports the first time officers wrote a citation for violating the ordinance was Dec. 11 2013, more than seven months after the law took effect in May 2013.

BikeHouston, a group aiming to make roads safer for cyclists, says the 11 citations issued so far is a low number.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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