Tuesday, June 6
Red Light tix
Hey folks. Perhaps a rant, perhaps a p*ss off to the cops. A few weeks ago, I believe it was "ride to work day," I was pedaling my usual commute: Los Feliz to Santa Monica. Rolling down Olympic to Crescent Heights, I was held up at a red light. With no traffic crossing against me, i rolled through. Not a block later, sirens are on and sounds of "pull over to your right," are haunting my stride. The fine folks of LAPD had arrived, handing me my first ever ticket for running a red light - on my bike no less. I haven't heard a word since, but the officer mentioned my charges would be the same as a motor vehicle. I plan on contesting simply the "I'm not a motor vehicle" case, and I will post the results. Now, on my commute I see cars run red lights, cars speed past me double the speed limit, UPS trucks run my bikin butt up the curb and into the gutter, and other obvious signs of life-threatening law breaking motorists. Yet the biker gets the fine. Was I an easy target? Were they trying to meet a quota? And why this on bike to work day? Rhetorical questions, just beware and ride safe. Cheers.