Monday, August 6, 2007

Pop a Wheelie - Pay BIGGGG!

State cracks down on biker wheelies (Chattanooga Times Free-Press/Hill)
Motorcyclists who ride on one wheel on Tennessee's public roads or in areas frequented by the public now can be cited for reckless driving. A state law that went into effect July 1 opens the way for a misdemeanor change for driving a motorcycle with the front tire intentionally raised off the ground. "I had talked to Judge Clarence Shattuck in Chattanooga, who had to dismiss a ticket because it wasn't a part of reckless driving (legislation)," Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, said. "That's what prompted the bill." Rep. Dean, who owns a motorcycle and is a former Chattanooga police officer, and Sen. Dewayne Bunch, R-Cleveland, sponsored the bill "It's not only a danger to the rider but to others on the roads," he said. "I'll argue with any rider that even if you're trained, you can't have control on a roadway if you're doing a wheelie. Even on two wheels, if you hit a patch of gravel, it can throw you off your bike." Chattanooga motorcyclist Christopher Cavin, 23, said he thinks the reckless driving charge is too harsh. "If there's no traffic, I don't see the problem if you know what you're doing," he said. "If you're in traffic and doing wheelies in and out of cars, that is reckless."

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