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reckless driving on a bicycle

2014-07-21 17:40:51.992254+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

It's good to see that reckless vehicle operators are getting charged. Now if we can get reckless motor vehicle operators charged... Court rules that even on a bicycle, it's reckless driving.

Velasquez's lawyer sought to have the charge dismissed and said bicycles aren't considered vehicles under California's traffic laws. The defense cited a law that defines a "vehicle" as a device that can carry a person or property on a roadway, "excepting a device moved exclusively by human power."

The court found that a 1982 law determined that a bicycle operator "has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle." Which we know isn't true, but worked for the sake of this argument. But it is interesting that we have this place carved out for vehicle operation, rather than "dude got drunk and attacked somebody". Seems silly that the law carves out categories for what weapon the drunk was wielding.

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#Comment Re: made: 2014-07-22 04:12:50.118386+00 by: dexev

Seems silly to to look at the chemical makeup of someone's blood, rather than what they were doing....

#Comment Re: made: 2014-07-22 16:24:56.314245+00 by: Dan Lyke

yes, that too.