Mo'Peds, Mo'Problems

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

They're all the rage these days. Moped and scooter sales have doubled within the past few years, and recent laws have helped them become better and faster.

While scooters required a license, insurance and a helmet, many people don't realize that none of those restrictions apply to moped-operators.

That's good news for drivers with suspended licenses.

"I just do it to get to work. I'd much rather have a car, but I don't right now," explains Jason Alger. He recently lost his license due to a DUI violation. He got tired of biking to work, so he bought a moped one week ago.

That concerns Sgt. Felicia Glick of the Rockingham Co. Sheriff's Office.

"A moped rider can get a DUI, a scooter rider can get a DUI, but a suspended driver can still ride a moped on the highway," she says.

Glick says her department has gotten complaints about local moped and scooter drivers not obeying the rules of the road.

And she worries that those typically operating the vehicles are either teenagers with little driving experience or DUI offenders who have already proven themselves irresponsible.

But cycle dealers say people from all walks of life use mopeds and scooters. They're economical and hassle-free. And in some cases like Alger's, they're a necessity.

At Early's Cycle Shop, one local dealer says he's concerned police don't know the ins and outs of moped and scooter laws. He's worried that could mean an end to you being able to own and operate one.


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