New Colorado State Patrol video on Colorado’s 3 Foot Passing Law. AWESOME!!! So why can’t you find it?

This should be part of every driver’s education class and every grade-school class too.

This video was created by the Colorado State Patrol. It is clean quick and extremely well done. It explains Colorado’s 3 feet to pass law. The law requires motorists to pass a cyclist if there are at least 3’ between the vehicle and the cyclists. If not the vehicle must slow down.

The bad news, you can’t find it on the Colorado State Patrol website. In fact, you can’t find it anywhere except here. By right clicking on the post, I found it on YouTube here. But what a nightmare.

Anyway, back to the good job CSP did!

Colorado’s 3’ passing law called C.R.S. 42-4-1002 can be found here.

What happens?

There are several different options available to a cyclist or motorists if they see a violation of the 3’ to pass law or any other law.  The first is to notify the CSP. *277 (*CSP) on your cell phone connects you to the CSP dispatch. You can file a complaint with them by phone. This information is from the CSP website.

Remember, a complaint, unless a felony or injury without a license plate won’t get a response. (This is real life, not TV.)

It takes three complaints about the same license plate number before the CSP is going to respond. So in some (not all) cases it may appear that CSP or any other law enforcement agency is not doing anything.

An accident requires the law enforcement agency to respond.

Colorado also allows you to make a citizen’s arrest. I would use this power only when you have other witnesses or evidence of the crime. Here is the statute: C.R.S. 16-3-201. Arrest by a private person

A person who is not a peace officer may arrest another person when any crime has been or is being committed by the arrested person in the presence of the person making the arrest.

Furthermore, make sure you know the law that you are using to make the arrest.

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