Voice of the People
In response to Mr. Hayduck’s letter dated 7/30/08: Yes, I agree that high
gasoline prices has led to more scooters and mopeds on our roadways. They are
being operated by adolescents, and yes, there have been accidents.
The laws and requirements for operating these scooters are posted on our work
counter (BobsShop) and when a customer is interested in purchasing one, we
always encourage them (and their parent) to read this information. Under
Indiana Code 9-12-11-12 the operator must be at least 15 years old, have an
ID card, permit, operators license, chauffeurs or public passenger chauffeurs
license. The vehicle is not to be on an Interstate highway, maximum speed 25
mph and young drivers should wear head and eye protection. We also have them
do some practice time on our lot.
I do agree with you also that they be responsible drivers in regards to the
safety of others and the rules of the road.
However, I have seen adults on scooters - not just adolescents - go through
stop signs, go the wrong way on one way streets and pull out in front of
on-coming traffic, so everyone needs to pay attention.
Ironically, as I sit on my front porch with my morning coffee writing this, a
moped driver failed to stop at the corner stop sign.
Co-owner of BobsShop