Published on May 9th, 2013 | by MD0
Mayor: Hike Fines for Bicyclists Who Break Traffic Laws
Source: Chicago Tribune
Bicyclists who break traffic laws and drivers and passengers who open their doors in the path of bicycles would be hit with steeper fines, under a proposal Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to introduce to the City Council today.
The current fine for bicyclists who disobey traffic laws is $25. Those would increase to a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $200, depending on the violation. For drivers and passengers who “door” a bicyclist, the fine would double to $1,000. Fines for leaving a vehicle door open in traffic also would double to $300.
The proposals come as the mayor invests millions of dollars in creating protected bicycle lanes across the city. Some of those efforts have led to outcries from drivers who complain that many bicycle riders disobey the rules of the road.
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