Ticket Alert: Cyclists reporting more fines & police attention
Submitted by yvonne on 2 March, 2010 - 18:12
This is just a quick update to let you know that several cyclists have been in touch to let me know that they have been stopped recently by police and ticketed for infractions.
It seems that the police are paying closer attention to cyclists of late and I thought you all might want a head's up on this.
Please take a moment to consider your habits (good and bad) and remember that cyclists,as per the Highway Traffic Act, must follow the same rules of the road as other vehicles, and are subject to the same fines.
Please also note that officers need not ask you for a driver's license, though you should provide ID when asked. They will often ask for a driver's licence in order to assess your understanding of the rules of the road, however Demerit Points DO NOT apply for cycling infractions. If you receive a ticket for an infraction, please make sure that it is noted as a cycling infraction. If you should encounter an officer who says different, please take note of their name/badge number (should be on the ticket i f you receive one) and get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org - we will share this information with our contacts at Police Services and try to make sure that accurate information is shared with the officer in question.
Yvonne & the bike union team