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LAPD Cites USC Students for Biking Violations

The Los Angeles Police Department gave multiple students on their bicycles citations this morning. 

The Los Angeles Police Department this morning handed out tickets to bicyclists who are not complying with biking regulations.

On Wednesday, officers on motorcycles stationed themselves behind food trucks around Jefferson and McClintock and distributed tickets to bikers who were riding against traffic.

Sophomore Lindsey Estrada said, "I think they're being a little overly harsh because sometimes there are different circumstances or situations where one can't be on the right side of the road because they have to go to their next class that's on the other side, so I think it's a little bit dramatic."

An LAPD officer said that the university is using them "as a last resort," and in response to the increasing number of bike accidents that are occurring on and around the USC campus. 

Some USC students approve of the police crackdown.

"I think LAPD is doing it to keep students safer," said sophomore Audrey Wilcox. "If it it's going to prevent a car accident then I guess it's a good thing to be preemptive about it." 


Riding the wrong way down the street is illegal and dangerous. They should be ticketed. If the road is empty enough to make it not dangerous, it should be empty enough to cross to the correct side. Riding down the sidewalk isn't very safe either, but it is a legal option in L.A. I'm not sure about crosswalks. Regarding the helmet law, in California, I think if you're under 18 you're required to wear a helmet, but if you're over 18 you aren't. Everyone needs a helmet for motorcycles, scooters, and motorized bicycles.

I know of an old friend who got a ticket while riding a bike 'drunk.'
and that was in the 70's. If you know the rules, you know who rules!

This has been a long standing problem, or should I say cycling problem. They violate not only on McClintock and Jefferson, but all around the campus...30th and University or Shrine Place in particular. The cyclist do not walk their bike across the street they just dart out into traffic. I thought a crosswalk was for pedistrians, cyclist use it and practically weave in and out of the crosswalk just to get through the folks who are walking. Time for a good crackdown not just a one or two day stint! By the way, whatever happened to the helmet law?

The cops didn't want be there, they were assigned by some supervisor who was assigned by some lieutenant who was directed by some captain who took heat from some chief who got it because someone with horsepower complained about it. However, that being said, USC students are the absolute biggest pains to deal with. The entitlement attitude is prevasive. Comes with daddy's money, I suppose.

what does "prevasive" mean?

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