Can cyclist get fined?

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asked Aug 15 in Safety by itsash (1,260 points)
Can cyclist get fined?

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answered Aug 15 by wideopendoor (5,170 points)
Cyclists can get fined for violating traffic laws just like drivers or motorcycle riders can.

Even when you're just riding a bicycle you still have to obey every traffic law that drivers would have to obey too such as stopping for red lights, stopping at stop signs etc.

If you fail to obey the traffic laws and run a red light, stop sign etc with your bicycle you can get pulled over by the police if they see you and get ticketed.

If someone turns you in for violating a traffic law on a bicycle then you can also get ticketed if it's proved that you did violate the traffic law.

In all 50 states, people on bikes are required to follow the same laws as other drivers.

Everyone on the road is entitled to the lane width they need.

This includes the space behind, to each side and the space in front.

As bicycles are considered vehicles, bicyclists on public streets have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers.

Bicycle riders and cyclists should ride in the same direction as other traffic.

Drivers must be careful when driving close to cyclists.

Drivers should not drive too closely to the bicycle when passing.

If the intersection isn't set up for cyclists, they are more likely to ride through a red light.

Riding through the intersection before the light turns green gives cyclists an advantage over motorists, in that it can make cyclists more visible and enable them to avoid being in a car's blind spot.

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