D.C. drivers could face points for bicycle-related traffic violations

A cyclist at the intersection of 15th Street NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW. (Stephen Weigand)

A bill proposed this week could change the nature of driving in bicycle-friendly D.C.

Two D.C. Council members proposed a bill that would add points to a driver’s record if they are charged with bicycle-related traffic violations, reports my colleague Tim Craig at D.C. Wire.

Points could be assessed for failing to yield to or striking a bicycle that has the right-of-way. Drivers ticketed or charged with such infractions could be assessed three to six points, Craig reports, which is similar to what they’d get for speeding or other major traffic violations.

The legislation would also require people applying for a D.C. driver’s license to show that they know how to safely share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists.

The bill, proposed by council members Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), is the first in “what could be a series of bills in the coming years aimed at making bicycling easier in the city,” Craig writes. Head to D.C. Wire for more.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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