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No more "dooring" allowed in West Lafayette

A practice called "dooring" is no longer allowed according to West Lafayette city leaders.

Posted: Jul 1, 2019 11:24 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 9:43 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A practice called "dooring" is no longer allowed according to West Lafayette city leaders.

An ordinance passed Monday said the unsafe opening of a car door leading to the injury of a bicyclist is punishable by fines.

A driver could be fined $100 for the unsafe opening of a car door.

They could also face a $1000 fine for the careless operation of a vehicle causing injury or death to a bicyclist or pedestrian.

The person operating the bicycle must be a lawful rider for any of the fines to be valid.

Mayor John Dennis said this is a good way to help the community of bicyclists get around the city worry-free.

"What we are trying to do is create a level of awareness and make sure people treat the bikes safely and people are aware they need to share the roads," said Dennis.

Dennis added West Lafayette is the most densely populated city in the state.

Protecting bikers is protecting thousands of people.

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