Cyclists fined while motorists kill freely

Just to accentuate the point of the inequality of treatment of the vehicles on the streets of New York City comes a story from Gothamist.

While bicycle activist group, Times Up has been busy trying to draw attention to the fact that the NYPD is finding no criminality towards motorists in the recent deaths of bikers and pedestrians one cyclist was just found guilty of multiple offenses making for one expensive traffic stop. Seems like city doesn’t feel the need to process a driver involved in a homicide but a cyclist running a red light is a “capital offense.”

From Gothamist:

Brooklyn Cyclist Given $1,250 Fine For Single Traffic Stop
Ben Yakas
March 16th, 2013
20130318-133244.jpgDavid Segal with his bike (Gothamist)

Last August, cyclist David Segal

received four tickets— three for running red lights and one for disorderly conduct—during the same traffic stop. Segal, the the former spokesman for City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, was biking down Nostrand Avenue in Bed-Stuy when he was stopped on August 10th. While the disorderly conduct was dismissed outright, Segal appeared in court Friday and was found guilty in the three red light violations—which means he owes $1,250 for a single cycling stop. But Segal plans to push to get the laws changed to make the penalties for bicycles less than that for cars: “One guy was driving 30 miles over the speed limit, and he paid an $80 fine,” Segal told us. “And they literally gave me a fine that is six times more than I paid for the entire bicycle. How does this make any sense?”

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