2 state bills aim to reduce moped accidents

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - It may be called a "slow speeder," but many in Columbia say mopeds are increasing the pace of accidents, especially on state highways. Now state lawmakers are stepping in with pre-filed bills on mopeds. With these bills, where and how you see them on the roadways could soon change.

There have been two pre-filed state bills dealing with mopeds. One is to limit where moped drivers can go, and with the bill, moped drivers can't go on to a street or highway where the speed limit is more than 45 miles an hour. The other bill would make mopeds more visible to all drivers on roadways. It forces drivers to wear reflective vests and have flashing tail lights on their vehicles at all times.

The bills come at a time when we're seeing more moped collisions in Horry County. So far in 2013, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety says there have been 130 accidents involving the motor bikes. These Horry County accidents account for nearly 20 percent of all the moped accidents across the state.

Because of this, local driver Sue Willoughby says she thinks state lawmakers should take it even further.

"I don't think just limit. I think they should be banned from the highways," said Willoughby. "I really do. They are so dangerous. To me it's crazy."

At this point, the moped bills don't say what the fine will be if a driver were to violate this law. State lawmakers will discuss these bills once the regular session starts on January 14th.

Read the full text of the two bills here:

Moped Reflective Vests:

Moped on Highways more than 45 mph:

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