Councilman aims to ban texting while biking

A Brooklyn councilman wants to make it illegal to text while riding a bike. The action is currently legal under New York City law. Councilman Mark Treyger wants to ban bike riders from using their

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Nov 13, 2014, 1:03 AM

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Councilman aims to ban texting while biking
A Brooklyn councilman wants to make it illegal to text while riding a bike.
The action is currently legal under New York City law.
Councilman Mark Treyger wants to ban bike riders from using their cellphones while riding, in the same way drivers are banned from using their phones.
Treyger told the New York Post that the idea came after he saw a distracted cyclist nearly cause a multi-car accident near his office in Gravesend.
The councilman's office says the move is about traffic safety, because talking and texting on a cellphone is an unnecessary distraction.
Treyger plans to introduce legislation to ban the practice this week.
If the proposal passes, the penalties would range from taking a bike safety course to a $50 fine, depending on the severity of the violation.
Treyger also plans to issue a companion bill to establish an official bicycle safety course in New York City.


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