Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Manhattan Cyclist Shocked To Discover Bike Violation Could Result In Driver’s License Points
New York — One Manhattan cyclist was ticketed by police for failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk at The loop at Central Park.
The Manhattan resident insisted that he is innocent, but said he was shocked to learn that if he’s found guilty, his punishment could include a $130 fine and three points on his driver’s license.
Attorney and cycling enthusiast Steve Vaccaro said bike violations in New York state are never supposed to result in penalties on a driver’s license. It happens because some law enforcement officers don’t fully understand bike rules.
The case is currently pending, and the Man will have his day in traffic court in November.
Bike advocates said the summons form police officers fill out was created for cars, not bikes, so it’s easy to make mistakes that get continued when entered into DMV computers.