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Robin Williams Personally Responsible for Stricter Enforcement of Bike Laws

At the Bengal Tiger premiere on March 31, Robin Williams cheekily admitted to us that he had recently been stopped for a bike-traffic violation and received nary a slap on the wrist. “I didn’t know there was a law against being on the sidewalk,” he said. “And I was on a totally empty sidewalk, and Whooop [siren sound], they pulled me over. And I went, ‘I didn’t know that.’ And they said, ‘Okay, Mr. Williams. Now you know.’” Three weeks later, it appears Williams's good fortune has resulted in a ticketing crackdown.

Check out the evidence: We caught up with Stephen Adly Guirgis, the writer of the Chris Rock–starring The Motherf*cker With the Hat, at the premiere of Jerusalem last night, and he told us that he had just been nailed with a ticket on 72nd Street. “I got a $330 ticket on my bicycle on the way down here for running a red light,” he said. "[The police officer] told me that there’s a clampdown because someone let Robin Williams out of a ticket on his bike the other night, so they have to write everybody up.” There you have it: Robin Williams, making life harder for other law-breaking bicycle riders.

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