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Old 07-26-02, 06:09 AM   #1
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Watch those car doors...

Should you really need a law to make people look before opening doors in traffic?

http://www.boston.com/dailynews/206/...s_pose_:.shtml
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Old 07-26-02, 07:02 AM   #2
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Should you really need a law to make people look before opening doors in traffic?http://www.boston.com/dailynews/206/...s_pose_:.shtml
Hey, most people don't pay attention WHEN they are "driving", I can't imagine the same group paying attentioin when exiting their auto regardless of the law.

Sad, but true.
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Quote from the Boston article:

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"Drivers should be careful when opening doors, but bicyclists also have a responsibility to obey traffic laws and not operate their bikes in a reckless manner, said Arthur Kinsman, spokesman for AAA Southern New England.

The proposed $500 fine is out of line with other traffic violations, Kinsman said.

''To me, a $500 fine sounds absurdly high,'' Kinsman said. "

Consider the source. Although AAA is a helpful organization for most people overall. they are notoriously anti-bike in my opinion. Their mission is to pave over the country, increase sprawl and put everyone in a SUV. It is in their best interest since it brings in lots of money to their organization.
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Old 07-26-02, 07:36 AM   #4
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The proposed $500 fine is out of line with other traffic violations, Kinsman said.

''To me, a $500 fine sounds absurdly high,'' Kinsman said. "
Let's put Mr. Kinsman on a bike. I'll door him and pay the $500. He gets a broken nose and busted wrist.

I wonder if he would like the sound of that better.
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Then obey the traffic laws and take the lane when there are lots of parked cars!
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Should you really need a law to make people look before opening doors in traffic?
In a perfect world, we wouldn't need any laws at all. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world.
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