Scooter laws, is anyone obeying them?

By Crystal Britt

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - You see them just about everywhere you go, and it seems they're growing in popularity.

Scooters might be convenient, but can prove dangerous.

On Highway 25 on July 13, 2010 near the Diversion Channel outside Cape Girardeau, a driver of a car struck the back of a scooter. Both vehicles caught fire.

Both the driver of the scooter and the car are okay.

Are those on scooters obeying the law, and do they understand the rules of the road?

The rules are pretty simple, but some officers say they're not strict enough.

The only place you can't ride a scooter is on the interstate.

Just about anyone can own and ride a scooter.

"There's a lot of them being sold in the area," said Kevin Wieser.

Kevin Wieser with Wieser Powersports in Cape Girardeau says with college students coming back soon you'll likely see more scooters on the roads.

"You can go anywhere and buy one and take off," said Wieser.

There are basically two rules.

"You have to have a driver's license to operate a 49 cc scooter on the roadway," said Cape Girardeau Police Department Sgt. Kevin Orr.

The second rule: 30 miles per hour is as fast as you can go.

"We've had a couple situations where a person was running 45-50 mph which obviously makes that a motorcycle," said Orr.

That would mean you'd need a helmet, insurance, a motorcycle license, and registration.

All those are not required with a scooter.

It's something Sergeant Kevin Orr would like to see changed.

"They don't have to be registered. Dirt bikes have to be registered, four-wheelers, boats, all have to be registered," said Orr.

Plus, there's no official training.

"There's a lot of people on them that aren't as careful as a typical motorcycle riders because they don't have to go through the training," said Wieser.

It's also all about educating other drivers.

"Cars need to watch out for them, they only go 30 miles per hour," said Wieser.

Even though not required, Sergeant Orr recommends a helmet because crashes involving scooters do happen more often than you might think.

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