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The Chicago City Council is cracking down on bicyclists who text while riding.
CHICAGO, IL (Catholic Online) - The City Council passed the new ordinance today which prohibits bicyclists from texting while moving. They are also forbidden to make cell phone calls unless they have a hands-free device.
The ordinance passed unanimously and will go into effect next month.
Fines for violators will start at $20 for the first offense and didn't go up to $100 for subsequent violations. If the bicyclists is involved in an accident the fine could be as much as $500.
The City Council believes this is an issue of fairness as well as safety, since motorists are already prohibited from texting and calling while driving.
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