Voice of the People
High gasoline prices.
Combined, they might be a sensible transportation solution ... or a formula
I think I see the latter, rather than the former, in action far too often.
Some adolescents here in town and elsewhere are seriously irresponsible in
their scooter-driving technique. Yes, the helmets and the scooters themselves
are quite cool; however, the manner of driving of the young owners is not.
For example, they exceed the speed limit; they pass on the right; they make
illegal u-turns; they blow through stop signs; they make abrupt, unsignaled
turns; they threaten pedestrians crossing streets (especially senior
citizens); they cause drivers of automobiles no end of concern for the safety
Scooter use is a serious matter that needs serious review as more and more of
these vehicles appear on the roads because of the cost of fuel.
Parents, you seriously should make sure the scooter-driver in your family
knows the courtesies and rules of the road. Police officers, you seriously
should stop these reckless young drivers and, perhaps, confiscate their
Because I have never owned a two-wheel motorized vehicle, I do not know what
laws and requirements are in place for their operation. However, I do believe
that anyone ... anyone ... who drives a motorized vehicle on roads used by
vehicles in general should be educated on vehicle operation, driving
courtesy, and traffic laws; he should be tested for his vehicle-operation
knowledge; he should be state-licensed and his vehicle state-plated, no
matter what its horsepower level; and he should be subject to all state laws
regarding the safe and civil operation of a motorized vehicle.
Driving these small motorized gems should be rewarding and fun; let's not let
a potentially good and “fuel-sensible” transportation experience turn into