If you've ever been surprised by an unlit moped on a dark highway or someone driving slowly on a road with higher speed limits you realize the potential for disaster is great. Well change could be on the way for moped riders if new legislation becomes law.
Mike Ryhal, representative from the Carolina Forest area, is co-sponsoring the bill that has received approval in the State House of Representatives and is now in the hands of the Senate. The bill would prohibit drivers from taking mopeds out on any public road in the state with a speed limit of more than 45 miles per hour. The bill would also mandate that anyone driving or riding a moped wear a reflective vest and that a flashing red tail light be turned on at all times during operation.
Some people, however, say a better solution is allowing mopeds to keep up with the flow of traffic instead of restricting the speed limit to 25 miles per hour. But then mopeds become scooters and must follow the same guidelines as motorcycles. That's not a good solution. The proposed moped legislation makes sense and it should ultimately help to save lives. It should be approved by state Senate and signed into law by the Governor.