TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Mopeds are popping up like spring blossoms since gas prices are hovering right around the $4 mark.
And the Terre Haute Police Department says more mopeds means more riders trying to sneak below the legal radar!
They are the smallest motors on the road and mopeds are a legal ride for someone with a DUI.
But something about the miniature, motorized rides seems to temp the traveling public to bully them while those on the mopeds are tempted to cut corners!
"They'll go through intersections, they'll run stop-lights, stop-signs, turn left, turn right at intersections and then they'll think they can slip through and do that because they're small!" said Sgt. Steve Lewis of the THPD Traffic Division.
Current Indiana law states that anyone on mopeds, under 18, must wear a helmet and goggles. Anyone under 15 can't operate a moped.
It is also legal to ride two on a moped if it's designed to carry that many but an ordinance in the city of Terre Haute bans anyone on a moped other than the driver.
Speeds also cannot be over 25 miles-an-hour in Terre Haute.
But a brand new Indiana law starting next month states that mopeds must begin being registered with the BMV and they'll be given a license plate.
But, they're still not seen as a motor vehicle.
"You don't have to have insurance, you don't have to have a driver's license -- and none of that's changed with this new law," Lewis said.
Even though mopeds are not considered a motor vehicle, they still must adhere to the rules of the road, just like bicycles have to.
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