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Aren't Red Lights and Stop Signs for Bicyclists Too?

Aren't Red Lights and Stop Signs for Bicyclists Too?

Atlanta Injury Blog > 2012 > January > Aren't Red Lights and Stop Signs for Bicyclists Too?

Drivers of automobiles are not the only ones who have to be worried about getting tickets. In the last several months, Decatur police have been ticketing bicyclists and pedestrians for breaking traffic laws in Georgia. According to Decatur Police Chief Mike Booker, “officers are citing cyclists and jaywalkers to make the city’s streets safer.”
In fact, over 30 bicyclists in the last year have been cited for traffic offenses including:

  • Running red lights
  • Failing to stop at stop signs
  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk
Police have received many complaints from motorists about cyclists running red lights or zipping through stop signs without slowing down. Because theses offenses could lead to a Decatur, GA bicycle accident and injuries, police take these offenses very seriously.
When a cyclist breaks the road rules and gets hit by a car, the injuries could be catastrophic. Bicycle accidents in Decatur and throughout Georgia are often serious in nature, as the cyclist is not protected in a crash.
Bicycles are considered vehicles and have to obey all the same traffic laws as other motorists. Police in Decatur are now working on safety and enforcement. Although cyclists do have a right to the road, cyclists still need to remember to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and to stop at all red lights when riding in Georgia.
If you were injured in a Georgia cycling accident due to no fault of your own, you may need to protect your interests and talk with a knowledgeable Atlanta bicycle accident attorney at the Kalka Law Firm.


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