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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Bicyclists deserve to be treated like motorists

Tickets and speeding should be the same for bicyclists as drivers

In The Times recent article about ticketing bicyclists, two items need to be discussed and addressed [“Police speed trap snaring bicyclists, too,” page one, Oct. 30].

First, the fine for speeding through a school zone should be the same for bicycles as for cars. If a speeding bicycle hit a child, it could do a lot of harm.

Second, just because bicyclists aren’t registered with the Department of Transportation (they don’t have licenses) shouldn’t mean that the ticket not be reported to their insurance company. This is just another justifiable reason to have bicyclists register their bicycles with the DOT, and perhaps get a bicyclist’s license.

If they want to use the roads like a car, then they should be treated the same as a car and driver in all aspects.

Robert Oberlander, Issaquah

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