Police tell cyclists: take out the ear buds
Montreal police were on the corner of St-Urbain and Laurier today, talking to cyclists about road safety.
The main message was to let people know it's actually illegal to bicycle with ear buds or headphones while riding a bike. It could end up in a $52 ticket. Running a red light or stop sign cost $37 and three demerit points, even if you don't have a drivers license.
Police say that when you have two ear buds in your ears, cyclists are often unaware of the elements around them.
Most people got off the hook with a warning, left with a pamphlet, some were given a t-shirt, but one man got something special.
Within a fraction of a second, a man on a speed bike was cycling down St-Urbain, he blew the red light at Laurier, didn't stop for police when they tried to pull him over, and then, a chase ensued.
Two cops got on their bicycles and went after the man, another got in a cruiser and sped down St-Urbain.
Police were blowing their whistles, he still didn't stop.
It wasn't until Rachel street that he gave up.
He was given two tickets, one for blowing the red light, another for riding on the sidewalk. It cost him $74 and three demerit points.