REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - A cyclist is facing traffic charges after running into a marked patrol vehicle early this morning.
Delaware State Police say 22-year-old Huseyin Uysal was riding northbound on Coastal Highway between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach around 1:30. According to their description, Uysal was riding without a headlight and weaving in and out of the travel lane, all while texting. The trooper then apparently pulled ahead of him, into the shoulder, turned on his lights and came to a stop. As the trooper exited the marked Chevy Tahoe, they reportedly verbally requested for the cyclist to stop. The police report states that Uysal continued on, colliding with the rear of the vehicle, resulting in his ejection from the bicycle.
He did not suffer any injuries, however after investigation he was cited with Bicycling While Under the Influence of Alcohol, Failure to Remain in a Single Lane, and Bicycle Not Equipped with a Light.
Delaware State Police have since issued this statement for bicyclists:
"Obey the rules of the road. Drivers and bicyclists are expected to observe traffic rules such as stop signs and red lights. Ignoring these traffic rules can lead to injuries that would have otherwise been preventable. Never ride against the flow of traffic. Drivers and pedestrians alike may not be expecting bicyclists riding in that direction. Also stay in your lane and don't ride on the sidewalk if you're an adult. Avoid distracted riding much like you would if you were driving a car, and wait to check your cell phone until you're safely off the road.
Visibility can be an issue for bicyclists in the dark, so take steps to ensure that motorists can see you. Adding white front lights and red back lights to your bike, plus reflective tape or clothing can also help make you more visible in the dark. It is against Delaware law to operate a bicycle at night without a front headlight. And remember, visibility isn't just an issue late at night; cloudy days and early mornings can impair motorists' ability to see bicyclists on the road too."