NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — If you’re thinking of attaching a love lock on the Brooklyn Bridge be warned: There’ll be a price to pay.
New York City officials on Friday announced a $100 fine for proclaiming your undying love with a padlock on the famous span.READ MORE: Appointments No Longer Needed At NYC's COVID Vaccination Sites; Anyone 16+ May Walk In, Mayor De Blasio Announces
Officials removed hundreds of locks and placed signs on the bridge’s pedestrian walk warning violators of the fine.
But the signs aren’t without humor. One says “No locks, yes lox” with a picture of a crossed out padlock and a bagel and lox.
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Officials said while the gesture is romantic, it’s also dangerous.
NYPD Transportation Chief Thomas Chan said if a standard padlock weighing about a pound were to break off and fall to the roadway it “can probably kill a driver or cause an accident.”
The locks can pose safety and structural hazards as happened in Paris in 2014 when a section of bridge fencing collapsed under the weight of the locks.
“Just a month ago, we had an overhead wire that people had hung so many locks to that it snapped under the weight,” Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said.
Last year, 11,000 locks were removed to a tune of $116,000.
Officials said they’ll consider another place for the love locks to stay, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.MORE NEWS: Long Island Boy Who Is Visually Impaired Receives Toddler Cane From Local Nonprofit
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