January 20, 2007

N.J: Law may ban bicyclists from using cell phones

amst_cell_phone.jpg There are many new laws restricting drivers from using their cell phones while driving a car, but in New Jersey, lawmakers mean to extend this ban to bicycle riders.

According to the Courrier News, "a legislative committee has approved a phone biking bill that would make it illegal for people to use a hand-held telephone while riding a bicycle on a public road. Hands-free devices would be allowed and lawbreakers would face fines ranging from $100 to $250.

Not everyone thinks it a good idea.

Pete Garnich, owner of Knapp's Cyclery in Lawrence, said it's a waste of time. His store takes people out on weekly group rides and Garnich said he can't recall anyone talking on a cell phone while riding a bike.

"I wouldn't say it's a problem," he said. "You can't breathe and talk. It's absolutely ridiculous."

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