A police officer who observes a traffic law violation committed by a bicyclist may
request the offender to state his true name and address. Whoever, upon such request, refuses to state his name and address or whoever states
a false name and address or a name and address which is not his name and address in
ordinary use, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $20 nor more than $50. An offender who refuses to state his true name and address may be arrested without
a warrant for such refusal but no person shall be arrested without a warrant for any
other traffic law violation committed while operating a bicycle. A police officer shall use the ticketing procedure described in chapter 90C to cite
a bicyclist for a traffic law violation but the violation shall not affect the status
of the bicyclist's license to operate a motor vehicle nor shall it affect the bicyclist's
status in the safe driver insurance plan. When a citation is issued to a bicyclist, it shall be clearly indicated on the ticket
that the violator is a bicyclist, and failure to do so shall be a defense to the violation.
The parent or guardian of a person under 18 years of age shall not authorize or knowingly
permit that person to violate this section. A violation of this section by a person under 18 years of age shall not affect any
civil right or liability nor shall the violation be a criminal offense. If the offender is under 16 years of age, the officer may give the notice to the
parent or guardian of the offender.
All fines collected by a city or town pursuant to this section shall be used by the
city or town for the development and implementation of bicycle safety programs.
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