Speed Traps and Biking
The Seattle Times just came out with a new article about speeding tickets and biking. For anyone who drives or bikes in Seattle it’s required reading. But here are the main points:
- Cops hang out at schools during specific hours to hand out tickets. Those hours are when the “School Zone” lights are flashing, which is also when the speed limit on those streets drops to 20 mph. I’ve represented people who have received tickets at these places and I can tell you the tickets are more expensive and generally harder to fight. So be extra careful about going over 20 when you see those lights.
- Bicyclists are getting tickets! The law is clear that the rules of the road apply to bicyclists too. But it’s still been relatively rare for bicyclists to receive tickets, simply because 1) there are more cars than bikes on the road, 2) it’s harder to prove a case against bicyclists for violations, and 3) the tickets are less expensive for bikers than drivers.
But this article makes it clear that bicyclists are not immune to receiving an infraction. The takeaway is clear: cops are hanging out around school zones trying to give tickets to anyone they can. Be cautious, and drive or bike slower when you see those flashing lights.