UAPD add new officers to find bicyclists breaking the law
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A lot of people don't realize that running a stop sign on a bicycle is against the law. And it will cost you. The University of Arizona Police Department is citing more people than ever.
"I don't really want to get a ticket because sometimes I go through stop signs and jump in front of cars just trying to get to class," says UA Student Noble Menchaca.
Using grant money, the university has recently added two additional motorcycle police officers to their traffic enforcement team.
"If you're in a vehicle, you need to stop," says UAPD Sgt. Filbert Barrera. "If you're on a bicycle, you really need to stop, pay attention to it."
UAPD is cracking down for a good reason, to keep you safe. But some feel this is a bit extreme.
"A car hitting someone is a little more violent than me hitting someone on a bike," says Menchaca.
But bicycle-involved accidents do happen, some more devastating than others.
"I almost get hit all the time so it's kind of scary for me," says UA Student Demi Park.
Barrera says almost 100 percent of tickets given to bicyclists are for blowing through a stop sign. Costing you between $105 to $212, and possible points on your driving record.