We’re encouraged that state Sen. Andrew Rice wants to toughen up state laws protecting cyclists on Oklahoma roads. But we’re not sure it’s really necessary.

Mr. Rice, D-Oklahoma City, announced this week he plans to pattern some of his legislation on a new Colorado law. That law — among other things — requires motorists to give cyclists at least three feet of space.

But Oklahoma already has such restrictions. What’s needed is harsher penalties, some real enforcement and driver education.

Twelve people were killed on bicycles between 2006 and 2008. Eleven cyclists died last year and three have been killed so far this year. The Colorado law also imposes harsher penalties for those who throw things at riders.

No one form of transportation has a deed to the road. Impatience on the part of motorists can turn deadly in a moment.

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