Proposed bike law aims to crack down on teen 'ride out' trend

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A new proposed bike law is taking aim at a dangerous trend among teens.

As News 12 has reported, police in both Nassau and Suffolk are warning parents about the disturbing trend known as 'ride outs.' The say the practice is putting both the bike riders and drivers at risk.

Under a new proposal in Nassau, teenagers riding a bike or a scooter who are caught swerving in and out of cars or traffic lanes, doing tricks or stunts within 2 feet of a vehicle, or weaving and swerving would be in violation.

"There's no current law that precisely deals with this specific behavior," says Legislator John Ferretti. "And that's really the problem. So this law specifically describes this behavior that goes on during a ride out and will allow the police to act when they see it going on."

The penalty for violating the proposed law would be a criminal misdemeanor charge and a $100 fine for the teen or parent. The violator's bike or scooter would also be impounded.

"There has to be something that they lose so that they know that this can't go on any further," says Barbara Fazzino, of Levittown.

Some parents say the teens are not always to blame. They blame some drivers who don't obey traffic laws and signs.

Another proposal introduced would amend the current helmet law in Nassau and require children to wear helmets until age 18.

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