If you’re a moped rider, listen up: South Carolina legislators have recently passed a bill that will require mopeds to be registered and which places new restrictions on their use.
A popular mode of transportation throughout the state, especially in crowded cities like Columbia, mopeds are everywhere – and unfortunately, accidents involving mopeds are not uncommon. In an effort to combat this concern, South Carolina has redefined mopeds as “motor vehicles” and will now require owners to register their mopeds with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles and carry liability insurance. In addition, drivers of mopeds will not be permitted to ride faster than 40 mph, nor can they operate their mopeds on public highways where the speed limit exceeds 55 mph. However, they will be allowed to cross an intersection of a public highway where the speed limit is greater than 55 mph.
Furthermore, moped drivers who do not have regular driver’s licenses will be required to obtain a special moped operator’s license. This license can be suspended or revoked for any offense for which a regular driver’s license can be suspended or revoked, such as for a DUI offense. Drivers will also be required to wear reflective vests.
Last year, 50 people were killed in moped-related accidents, and 16 people have already died this year. The DOT anticipates that this new law will be effective in reducing the rate of moped fatalities.
The new law takes effect on February 1, 2017.
Moped Safety Tips
Mopeds are a fun and convenient way to get around, but because they are smaller and slower than other types of vehicles, they can be more prone to accidents. Here are some safety tips to help reduce your risk:
- Always wear the right gear. A DOT-approved helmet, jacket, long pants, and closed-toed, over-the-ankle footwear provide essential protection on a two-wheeled vehicle.
- Be aware of road conditions. Scan the road ahead of you for things like debris or potholes and adjust your riding accordingly.
- Scan the road. A big part of being a safe driver is being a defensive driver. Always be on the lookout for people, animals, or other vehicles around you and be prepared to slow or stop, if necessary.
Been in an Accident? Get Help Now
If you or someone you know has been injured in a moped accident, you should immediately have your case evaluated by a South Carolina moped accident lawyer at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. Our seasoned legal team has more than 40 years of experience maximizing compensation in personal injury cases. Give our firm a call today to learn more about how we can get you the money you need to recover – FAST.
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