CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Highway Patrol is reminding motorists that a new law has taken effect requiring a three-foot buffer around bicyclists when passing.

The law, which went into effect July 1, carries an enforceable fine of $70 dollars.

The law requires motorists to give at least three feet of separation when they are overtaking a bike that is going in the same direction. But it only requires that if "space allows" and if the bicyclist is riding lawfully.

The law was passed in January after a deadly year for cyclists, with five cyclists killed in 2014.