BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In Louisiana, it's illegal to ride a bike at night without a headlight and taillight. But rather than handing out a ticket, police in Baton Rouge will give riders caught without lights a packet that could potentially save their life.
The non-profit organization Bike Baton Rouge has donated bike lights to the Baton Rouge Police Department for distribution to anyone seen riding at night without lights.
"BRPD uniformed officers will give out the lights and issue a warning, explaining that it is against the law and how unsafe it is to ride at night without reflective gear and proper lighting," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneeley."
The lights will be distributed in a bag that will also contain a list of bike laws.
"We are proud to be in partnership with Bike Baton Rouge and partaking in this outreach program," said Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. "Getting the proper equipment and knowledge to individuals riding bicycles throughout our community is vital to a rider's safety."
BRPD will start distributing the lights on Friday, May 20, which is National Bike To Work day.
The lights are paid for by Bike Baton Rouge through membership fees. Click here to learn more about how to become a member of Bike Baton Rouge.