Number of moped driver deaths increasing in South Carolina

Number of moped driver deaths increasing in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The number of mopeds on our state roadways has drastically increased in the last few years along with moped deaths.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the most recent statistics show a 54 percent increase in moped fatalities in our state.

In 2011, 24 moped drivers were killed. Last year, that number rose to 37. So far this year, six people have lost their lives. Traffic tickets are up too.

If you're going faster than 25 miles per hour, an officer can give you a speeding ticket.

"I've had a number of customers lately who've been pulled over going 32 in a 35 because even though they weren't going over 35, they were still going two miles over the moped speed," said George Merriweather, manager of Moped City.

Some mopeds are considered motorcycles and a driver could get a ticket for driving a motorcycle without the proper license, not having insurance and not having the correct license plate.

Other things to keep in mind is to wear closed toe shoes, gloves and long pants.
Riders under 21 must wear a helmet, goggles or a face shield.

Night riding isn't advisable. But if it can't be avoided, wear bright clothing and reflective strips. Also make sure your headlights and brake lights are working properly.

Be observant and use mirrors so you can see behind you.   

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