Brooklyn bicyclist gets $1,555 fine in traffic stop while riding bicycle

Daniel Greer showing his tickets 
By: David Ross 

A Brooklyn, New York resident, who was riding his bicycle, was shocked when he received $1,555 in fines at a traffic stop, according to reports.

The avid cyclist said that he is being taken for a ride after being hit with a whopping $1,555 in fines for a single traffic stop, last month.

Bushwick artist Daniel Greer, 24, who admitted he went through three red lights while wearing headphones, said at first he did not realize he was being pursued near Lorimer and Grand streets. He was bike riding home from work.

He was hit with four tickets and pleaded guilty because he thought the fine would be in the $700 to $900 range, he said.

So Greer answered the summons by mail, by marking "guilty" on the tickets he received during the traffic stop.

He said he was surprised to receive a notice on September 28 asking him for about a tenth of his annual income.

The red light tickets cost him between $190 and $940 because he was considered a repeat offender after running the first red light.

"I know what I did was wrong, I just think the fine is astronomical," Greer said. "I think the amount seemed a little excessive to me," he added.

He had considered fighting the tickets, but copped to traffic violations in part because he would be out of town and needed to respond to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles within 15 days.

Police said Greer earned every ticket he got.

"The individual committed several violations and was cited accordingly," a police spokesperson in New York said.

Cyclist and defense attorney Steve Vaccaro, said that he disagreed with the practice of distributing multiple tickets unless the driver is doing a lot of bad things, which are very different and distinct.

“While multiple ticketing is allowed, it may be frowned upon by the judges of the courts of transit,” he said.

“Judges sometimes contest traffic tickets or pull citations considered a single course of action," said Vaccaro. "They call it double dipping,” he added.