Local/Regional News
4:39 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Police Look To Educate Moped Drivers

LEXINGTON, Ky. - With unpredictable swings in fuel prices, an increasing number of high school and college students are turning to mopeds and scooters, but Officer Alvin Cook with the Lexington Police Department says some are hopping on without knowing the rules of the road and that’s translating to an increase in the number of accidents.

"When a moped meets a car, of course size always wins," he says.

That’s why Cook and others have organized a short class for moped drivers who aren’t clear about the law. Cook says it’s needed because of the misconceptions that some have about scooters.

"They don't understand the rules of the road. They think they can ride on the sidewalk anywhere. They think a moped is the same as a bicycle. It's not. Even though they both have to obey the rules of the road, there are differences," Cook says.

Moped drivers must be at least 16 and have a valid moped or driver’s license. Cook says officers can organize classes for any group and even individuals.