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Snyder signs bill allowing bicyclists to use new right-turn hand signal

Jan. 28, 2014

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation allowing bicyclists to use an alternate right-turn signal, which will make it easier for motorists to understand and help make roads safer for everyone.

“This is a simple, common-sense update that will help keep our roads safe,” Snyder said.

House Bill 4866, sponsored by state Rep. Anthony Forlini, updates existing law from 1949 that required bicyclists to raise their left arm at a 90-degree angle to signal a right turn. The law was passed at a time when most automobiles lacked turn indicators and motorists also had to use hand signals. Forlini’s bill updates the law to allow bikers to simply extend their right arm horizontally to signal a right-turn as well.

The bill is now Public Act 1 of 2014.

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