Written by 89 WLS Web Writer Christine Fiedler
(CHICAGO) There were more than 250 "dooring" accidents in 2012 and now Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to curb accidents by raising fines for both cyclists and drivers.
Some of the fines would double: a bicyclist who disobeys traffic laws will now have to pay at least $50 (up from the current $25) and up to $200. If a driver or passenger "doors" a cyclist, that fine would double to $1,000. And if someone leaves their door open in traffic, the fine doubles to $300.
"Cyclists must obey all traffic laws, including yielding to pedestrians, stopping at traffic signals, and indicating when they are making turns," Emanuel said. He says by increasing the fines, it will encourage cyclists to be more responsible and increase safety for everyone.
Emanuel also launched a new awareness campaign for taxi passengers: there will be stickers placed on the rear passenger windows of all Chicago cabs which say, "Look! Before Opening Your Door."
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