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Huntington Beach Offers Traffic School For Cyclists

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HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) The city of Huntington Beach is offering traffic school to bicyclists who break the law and get ticketed.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that the local police department now offers cyclists the option of bike traffic school instead of going to court and paying fines.

Lt. Russell Reinhart says the Adult Bicycle Safety Program takes two hours and is offered by the police at City Hall.

The cost is $50, with a waiver of other fees and fines.

State law fines bikers who violate traffic laws the same amount as motorists but bike violations don’t go on driving records.

Data between 2008 and 2010 in Huntington Beach show that bikers are at fault in two-thirds of collisions between bikes and cars.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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