MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new law that will help make Minnesota roads a little safer is soon going into effect.

On Aug. 4, certified motorcycle “road guards” will be able to stop and control traffic for group-rides of 20 motorcyclists or more.

The Motorcycle Road Guard Law was signed into law in 2012. It is designed to help drivers and motorcyclists share the road safely.

According to the Department of Public Safety, road guards flag groups with 20 or more motorcyclists. They must receive the consent of the city’s chief of police first. Then, they must notify the statutory or home rule charter city that the group is traveling through.

Each road guard must complete safety training and receive a certificate.

More than 400 people have already passed the Motorcycle Safety Center Road Guard Training Course. For others interested in taking it, the course cost $30 and is offered through October.

For more information, visit the Motorcycle Safety Center online.