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Kentucky Bicyclist Challenging Road Laws Fined

A Jessamine County woman who commutes to work on a bicycle is being fined for repeatedly violating a law on careless driving.

Cherokee Schill battled the violations in court, saying that she should not be forced to travel in the shoulder of U.S. 27 near Lexington.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a judge found that Schill had violated a law requiring slow-moving vehicles to move as far to the right "as practicable." She was fined $433.

Schill's attorneys argued that it is safer for a cyclist to be in the lane of travel, so that cars behind her can see her clearly and have time to brake or merge left.

The 41-year-old Schill says she doesn't plan to change the way she rides and she will appeal the judge's ruling.