His father, John, said he was shocked that the fine was so high, considering his son ''didn't even give the policeman any lip.'' Mr. I can't do that.'' His older brother, Anthony, said, ''My career is over.'' He said a policeman told him all the bicycle stunts for which he was known on the block were considered reckless driving: wheelies, reverse wheelies, the bunny hop, kick outs, the bronco and all the rest.Some municipal police departments in the state are actively enforcing the new law and some are not.
The large audience at the regular weekly council meeting responded with a resounding ovation.
26— When, in the course of human events, a kid rolls through a stop sign on his bike, ''excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment.'' Phil Solomine, 11 years old, had mustered all of his courage, combed his hair and put on pants with even the knees clean to deliver this message to the mayor and borough council.
The boy had recently received a traffic ticket for failure to obey a stop sign while riding his bicycle, an offense that now carries a $60 fine, the same as for a motorist, under a new state law.
He is one of about 20 young bicycle riders in this suburb and hundreds throughout the state who have received summonses for violations ranging from riding on the wrong side of the street to riding on the handle bars of a friend's bike.
There is growing public outcry in the communities where police are carrying out the new law.
The law provides that juveniles 7 years old and above who are accused of violating motor vehicle laws shall no longer appear in county juvenile courts.Instead, they must appear in municipal courts, as do adults.The judges say that fines are set by state law and cannot be reduced for the young offenders.The law also applies to juvenile pedestrians and moped riders.In addition, it provides that points may be assessed toward revocation or suspension of driver's licenses.The points accumulate for three years, ''meaning that some youths filing for a moped license when they are 15 years old or a driver's license when they are 17 may have accumulated too many points to get it,'' according to Anthony Parenti, president of the New Jersey Traffic Officers Association.