Chicago City Council bans texting while bicycling
By John Byrne Clout Street
12:34 p.m. CDT, October 5, 2011
Bicyclists soon will face the same restrictions against texting while riding in Chicago as motorists do while behind the wheel.The City Council today passed an ordinance prohibiting bicyclists from texting while moving. They also cannot make cell phone calls unless using a hands-free device under an ordinance that passed the council without dissent. The ban will go into effect next month.Fines will start at $20 for a first offense and go up to $100 for a third or subsequent violation. If an accident is involved, the fine could shoot up to $500.Sponsoring Ald. Margaret Laurino, 39th, said the issue is a matter of fairness as well as safety, since motorists already are prohibited from texting and making calls with hand-held devices in Chicago.
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