Friday, December 31, 2010

New Bicycle Law Effective Tomorrow

MGL c.85, § 11E, governing traffic citations for bicyclists, becomes effective on January 1, 2011. The law provides:
  • A cyclist stopped by a police officer must give his name and address.
  • A police officer witnessing a traffic violation by a cyclist should use the same procedure (MGL c.90C) in issuing a citation as that for motor vehicles.
  • A citation issued will not affect a cyclist's driving record.
  • If a cyclist is under 16, the notice may be given to the parent or guardian.
For more information on bicycle laws, see our Mass. Law About Bicycles.