Driving laws in Spain have become more stringent, but it was unexpected that this would also affect cyclists. This poor guy was cycling to work, munching on a croissant, when he was stopped and fined €100 ($135) for "reckless driving."
Ivan González was on his way to work in central Sabadell, close to Barcelona in Spain's Catalonia region.
Diario de Triatlon (a Spanish language cycling website) reports that, as was his normal habit and that of many other cyclists, González was eating his breakfast on the wheel, so to speak, when suddenly a local policemen waved him down, asking him to stop.
Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper (in Spanish) reports that the officer then slapped González with a hefty fine of €100 ($135).
González has said that he plans to appeal the decision, adding that even the officers at the local police station were confused by such a high penalty.
Spain has recently introduced legislation whereby drivers hold a "points-based" driving license. Drivers receive 12 points, but for every driving infraction, like for instance speeding, drunk driving or talking on a cell phone, points are taken away. Unless the driver is careful, the license can then be lost.
According to The Local other infractions include throwing objects, garbage etc, from a car window or even reversing on a highway, and now it seems that cyclists can be affected by trying to keep up their energy on the way to work, as in the case of poor González.