ABERDEEN COUNCIL REDUCES BIKE HELMET FINES

Normally, the requires that bills go through three readings to allow for public comment before passage, but it was unanimously agreed that Bill 10-20 would not need such formalities. This bill proposed reducing the maximum penalty for not wearing a bicycle helmet and removed the mandatory minimum penalty. The state’s mandatory minimum for all local traffic infractions to $72, which would increase the penalty to $122 per infraction and possibly increase the rider’s insurance costs. Council member Paul Fritts did not feel this was fair to bicycle riders. The city will now treat non motorized vehicle helmet penalties as parking violations to more appropriately deal with the consequences.

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