New Laws Take Effect 

Several new state laws took effect this weekend.One makes smoking illegal at all public outdoor dining areas, including snack bars…Another requires motorcyclists and their passengers up to age 18to wear helmets. Under the old law, passengers under 15 were required to wear helmets, along with motorcycle permit holders andthose who’d held their licenses for less than a year.Maine bicyclists are no longer allowed to pass a stopped schoolbus whose red lights are flashing.Another new law requires motorists to give walkers and runners atleast three feet of clearance and allow operators to passpedestrians only when it’s safe.