YARMOUTH - On Tuesday night, Yarmouth patrol officers were dispatched to the scene of a bicycle vs. car on Route 28. This is the seventeenth such incident since June 1, according to a Yarmouth police release.
Many of the accidents are the fault of the bicyclist, and the majority of the crashes are occurring in high traffic areas such as Route 28.
Yarmouth police remind bicyclists that like motorists, they too must obey the rules of the road. As the summer population increases on the Cape, so does the number of bicyclists--many of whom are in violation of Massachusetts bicycle safety laws, especially at night, police said.
Yarmouth police have stepped up bike safety patrols in high traffic areas and will be stopping cyclists and issuing citations for any violations of MA law. Any cyclist who fails to give his or her real name to police if stopped risk arrest, according to the release.
Bicyclists are reminded to following the following safety laws when riding on public roadways:
Citations and fines up to $20 may be issued for violations. Bicycle safety laws are outlined in MA General Law Chapter 85, Section 11B.
In response to the increase in bicycle related crashes and injuries, Yarmouth officers targeted high traffic areas Wednesday night for bicycle safety violations. Officers were also watching for crosswalk violations following several complaints that motorists are speeding and not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.