Members of the South Carolina Senate have approved a measure to reclassify mopeds as motor vehicles. This proposed reclassification - which was approved by a Senate subcommittee at the end of March 2015 – will, if passed, effectively close a loophole in South Carolina law that allowed people to drive mopeds while under the influence.
Because mopeds were not considered motor vehicles under previous state law, motorists were able to drive mopeds after being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) and having their driver’s license suspended. In what was considered a gaping loophole, motorists could even drive mopeds while drunk.
The new proposed law change would accomplish the following when passed:
- Mopeds will be considered motor vehicles. Drivers of mopeds - just as with drivers of cars and motorcycles - must comply with state DUI laws.
- With improved moped regulations, lawmakers are hoping to stem the rise in moped accidents and deaths reported in 2014. This is important for communities like Myrtle Beach, where mopeds have become increasingly popular.
In addition to starting work to close the moped DUI loophole, South Carolina lawmakers will also soon be deciding on a number of other measures involving mopeds and roadway safety, including whether riders will be required to mount flashing lights on their moped, wear reflective vests, or operate only on certain parts of the road. Officials will also be considering whether riders should be required to register and insure mopeds.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers supports the efforts being made to keep moped riders, motorists, and pedestrians safe on our state’s public roads. If you or someone you know has recently been in an accident involving a moped and would like to learn about whether you may entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more, contact our legal team today!
Our firm offers FREE case evaluations to individuals and families across South Carolina. We’ll even come to you if you’re not able to make it to us!