Lawyer: Cyclist's tickets won't hold up in court

By christopher oswalt

Published 09/03 2015 11:58PM

Updated 09/04 2015 12:15AM

(PANORA) - A metro Des Moines lawyer says he believes five tickets issued to cyclists over the weekend will not hold up in court.

Iowa DNR officer Jeremy King issued five cyclists tickets for not stopping at stop sign near the Viceroy Trail on Saturday. Officer King said in a three-hour period, he noticed 21 bikers ignore the stop signs.

"We can do better than this. We need to stop at these intersections and do a better job for everybody’s sake,” King told Local 5’s Chris Oswalt. “Without a doubt it is a safety issue."

Neighbors who live in the area say they have seen several cyclists run the stop signs and they worry about an accident.

"I look at it like this, those stops signs are there for a reason,” Scott Chatman said. “If one of those bicyclists got hit by a car going 55 mph that is end of story."

Des Moines attorney and cyclists says he does not think the tickets will hold up in court.

"Those stop signs are worthless. They might as well say go eat dirt or have a nice day because they are not legal,” Kim West, attorney, told Oswalt. “These are not highways so when the cops says there were running a stop sign at an intersection, well this isn't an intersection because you know what, an intersection is two highways".

West says he is representing at least two of the cyclists who were tickets.

"Those bicyclists were not breaking the law. If you do not like it, change it."

Officer King says he is not out to write a bunch of tickets and cost people. King says he wants to raise awareness about the dangers of bikes in intersections. 

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