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Tighter Indiana scooter rules signed into law

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Drivers of motorized scooters in Indiana will face tighter regulations under a measure signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence.

The new law will require scooter operators to obtain license plates from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, have valid state ID and pass a road sign test. The new rules take effect in January.

Some legislators and police agencies have pushed for years for additional scooter regulations, although the new law won't require that scooter drivers have insurance as many had sought.

Evansville police Sgt. Jason Cullum told the Evansville Courier & Press the changes will have a positive impact.

The law keeps the minimum age to operate scooters at 15, while raising their maximum speed to 35 mph and banning them from interstates.

Cullum said last month that his department has seen scooters used in drug-dealing and drive-by shootings. Scooter accidents rose to 90 in the city in 2012, up from fewer than 10 in 2008. Authorities also say the vehicles are growing popular with those who have suspended driver's licenses.

Scooter dealers estimate there about 50,000 scooters in use across the state.

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  • avid scooter rider
    I drive a scooter, have a license, and car. Why do I choose to drive a scooter? Several reasons, 100 mpg, mitigate wear and tear on cars, makes economic sense (a quick run to the grocery store on a scooter saves gas, time, and wear on car), fun, accessibility, and its so much cheaper to maintain. i'm ok w the registration requirement but if our government asks for insurance and licenses then that will negate the reasons why i drive one in the first place.
  • smart rides
    It costs less to buy a brand new scooter than the typical deductible for a regular vehicle and they get 100 mpg, perfect for local driving.....way better than 12,14,17,24, or 32 mpg. Seems to be alot of judging.....personally don't ride one but hey....can't be a bad idea.
  • And Therefore?
    "Cullum said last month that his department has seen scooters used in drug-dealing and drive-by shootings." What does this even mean?
  • Show a little grace
    Those who drive scooters typically do it because they have to, not because it is enjoyable to ride in the rain, cold, or at night. Has society progressed to the point where we are now so arrogant that we would rather see someone become homeless than see them drive a scooter on a public roadway? Good on those who make the effort use a scooter for transportation rather than dropping out of the workforce to become just one more number in the growing millions out of work. Just because people make mistakes, does not mean they should be punished until they can no longer provide for themselves.
  • not just for DUI
    Considering the high cost of car ownership, the mopeds offer a cheap alternative for transportation. Limiting things such as passengers simply increases the cost of transportation for people. Reading the law, I'm still not certain though if this new law applies for electric scooters. I'll be converting ours if it does not.
  • Rides for DUI-ers
    I understand people make mistakes. Right or Wrong people choose to drive at times when they shouldn't. Especially in the colder weather seasons and at night, these scooters on main roads for persons with suspended licenses, aka DUI mobiles, are just flat out not safe. Fine for neighborhoods but to drive on a main road you should be required to have a valid driver's license. Requiring simply a state ID to me really doesn't cure much except for those drivers under legal driving age. Don't really see any benefit of this. Especially to not require insurance. If you are driving on the road, you'd better have insurance. Speed limit of 35, really? Police going to pull you over for going 42 mph and do what to someone who doesn't have a valid driver's license? Not enough teeth at all to this new legislation.
    • No Passengers?????
      I guess these idiots never actually looked at mopeds/scooters. They have pegs for a passenger on them. I guess we can just file them off or something.

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