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Thursday, October 23 2014 @ 10:06 AM UTC

6 months jail time for riding a dirt bike, kill a cyclist with your inattentive car driving... well a small fine will cover that

Biking in BaltimoreGranted dirt bikes are annoying but still... jail time for them and non for people who kill by motor vehicle?

Ref: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/magazine/popping-wheelies-in-charm-city.html?_r=1&;

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Authored by: Anonymous User on Tuesday, January 29 2013 @ 08:43 AM UTC 6 months jail time for riding a dirt bike, kill a cyclist with your inattentive car driving... well a small fine will cover that
selective enforcement of all laws is a bigger problem than the possibility of jail-time for dirt-bike riders, especially when many of the bikes are not street legal, are used illegally off-streets in parks, sidewalks and other areas that threaten bicyclists and pedestrians, are often used in violent and drug crimes, and are specifically selected to evade law enforcement. I cant say I comment without prejudice as groups of dirt-bike riders have twice pointed guns at me, once because (not knowing they were part of a violent group) I honked when one sat in a major intersection during a red as his buddies plowed through, and once for having the misfortune of entering an intersection just before they arrived at their red and decided the rest of us should just get outta the way. Couple that with the city driver who was violently assaulted when on of their buddies happened to T-bone the motorist by (surprise surprise) plowing through a red.
but to the point....it was selective enforcement that did the injustice of fines for involuntary manslaughter of bicyclists.
Selective enforcement also lets dirt bike riders get away with lots of the crimes that have led to the slightly riduculousness of outlawing a vehicle instead of a behavior. Officers have decided since then arent "allowed" to engage in high-speed pursuits they will teach the brass a lesson and they wont even approach street violations when a dirt bike is involved. That creates a culture of impunity once the boys are on the bikes.
Again selective enforcement. Lets focus on that.

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