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The Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, will convene at 1 PM in City Council Chambers at City Hall next Wednesday to discuss the divisive law Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing, which could have as many as 360 city intersections issuing $50 and $100 tickets for exceeding the speed limit.
The originally scheduled meeting was postponed to allow committee members to gauge constituent sentiment before meeting on the issue according to a Tribune story.
If Alderman Margret Laurino (39) gets her way, Chicago bicyclists may fall under the same restrictions car drivers face when using a cell phone–use a hands free device and no texting while driving, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Laurino, chairman of the Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety in the city council, says the fine for violating the ban would be $50, half the $100 fine a motorist would face for the same offense. However, if a the bike rider was involved in a traffic accident while violating the law, the fine could rise to $500.