New bill would take mopeds off fast roads, aimed to improve safety

Published: Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2014 at 3:25 AM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Some big changes could affect how and where you can drive a moped in South Carolina if a new bill becomes law. The bill has already passed 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 to wear a reflective vest.

Carolina Forest Representative Mike Ryhal co-sponsored the bill and said its main goal is to help prevent any more deadly accidents on roadways involving mopeds and vehicles like the hit and run that left a 21-year-old dead last August on Highway 501 in Myrtle Beach.

"It's a necessity to keep anyone from getting hurt or killed," said Bill Boggs.

Boss is the co-owner of BJ's Scooter Rentals in Myrtle Beach. He said the state could to more to protect drivers of both vehicles and mopeds if lawmakers would opt to allow mopeds to go faster than the legal speed of 25 miles per hours.

"If the state allowed them to keep up with the flow of traffic then that would be better for everyone," added Boggs.

This bill would also require that any moped sold in South Carolina be equipped with a rear red tail light that flashes while the moped is moving. The bill also mandates that the flashing light be turned on at all times during operation.

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