'Reckless' cyclist fined $1,050...
If anyone finds more on this, I'd like to hear about it. Don't expect the local bicycle advocates or LAB to get involved. Cornish is a black guy riding a bicycle to work and back, not a Lycra-clad 'real' cyclist. I'll set up another news alert in Google on this.
One bike and $1,050 fine
Newport News - Kajuan Cornish, 19, ran afoul of the General Assembly's controversial abusive driver fees Thursday, when he was convicted of reckless driving in Newport News traffic court.
The conviction for crossing over Warwick Boulevard during afternoon rush hour triggered more than $1,050 in fees under a program designed to raise money to pay for highway maintenance.
Cornish got the ticket while steering his 18-speed Huffy bicycle back to work.
...Some local lawmakers said Cornish's predicament underscored two big flaws with the abusive driver program: Lawmakers don't want to charge the fees — which run as high as $3,000 for the most egregious offenses — on smaller infractions.
Also, it would be extremely difficult to collect the money from Cornish.
...But according to the Newport News code and the police officer who wrote up Cornish, every vehicle on the road has to follow established traffic laws.
Officer George Evans said that when Cornish crossed Warwick south of Denbigh Boulevard, drivers had to slow down to avoid hitting him — a fact that Cornish disputes.
Either way, Evans said, he would have written a warning. "If he gets hit, then we have a mess," he said. "It was a major violation right in front of us."