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Monday, January 20, 2014

Ind. Law - WSJ: "Scooters Spark Fight in Evansville, Indiana Low-Powered Mopeds Lead to Heated Political and Cultural Fight"

A quote from the lengthy story by Keach Hagey:

"It's like someone had taken Miracle-Gro and all of a sudden there are scooters everywhere," said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. "If you spent any time driving the streets of Evansville, you might be inclined to think they have no training."

Indeed, Indiana is one of the few states that doesn't require riders to have a license, registration or insurance to ride low-powered mopeds or scooters. Popular with many riders because they are inexpensive and fuel-efficient, the vehicles have also earned the nickname "liquor cycles" for their popularity among people who have a suspended license from a drunken-driving conviction. One scooter dealer estimates there are as many as 50,000 scooters in the state.

Now Evansville, the state's third-largest city, has become the loudest voice in the state's cries for change in scooter laws. Representatives from the city's police department have traveled to Indianapolis to lobby, while the mayor and other local legislators have also petitioned state lawmakers. At the same time, the city has seen the outbreak of a social-media war presenting clashing images of scooter culture.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 20, 2014 11:28 AM
Posted to Indiana Law