|
|
The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Chief Chat: Moped/scooter safety reminders

  • Operators of scooter/moped vehicles have the same rights and responsibilities as a motor vehicle operator. Always ride with traffic, never against it. When operating at less than the posted speed limit or traffic flow, ride as near to the right side of the road as possible.
    • email print
  • »  RELATED CONTENT
  • Drug watch: Thursday, June 19, officers of the Rolla Street Crimes Unit conducted a short-term investigation which led to the search of a residence where heroin and several syringes were located.
    Also Thursday, June 19, officers of the Rolla Street Crimes Unit conducted a short-term investigation which led to the search of a residence where methamphetamine and several syringes were located.
    Additionally, Thursday, June 19, officers of the Rolla Street Crimes Unit were invited to a Rolla High School health class to speak about drugs and the effect of addiction on people’s lives.
    The return of warmer temperatures combined with the rise in fuel costs equals more motorists turning to less expensive modes of travel, including motorcycles, mopeds and scooters. These vehicles, while definitely more economical to operate compared to full-size automobiles and trucks, also provide less protection in an accident or mishap.
    Motorists who choose to rely on this mode of transportation should be aware that in many situations, smaller motorized vehicles are difficult to see and one unfortunate fact is that a lot of motorists are not looking for them.
    Over the past three years there has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of the small motorized two-wheeled vehicles commonly referred to as scooters or mopeds. The popularity in these vehicles was primarily instigated by the sharp increase in fuel prices over the past several years.
    In addition bicycling and motorcycling enthusiasm is also on the rise and these vehicles seem to comprise the best of both worlds.
    The main difference between scooters and mopeds is that the scooter is styled more like a motorcycle in that it is a two-wheeled motorized vehicle that utilizes composite body parts that include a headlight and taillight and is often equipped with turn signals and rear view mirrors.
    A moped appears more like a traditional bicycle including spoked wheels, a bare frame and pedal cranks. The only addition is a small 50 cubic centimeter (or less) gasoline engine.
    Whether it is a moped or a scooter, with an engine displacement of 50 cc’s or less, the Missouri Department of Revenue classifies them as the same vehicle and require the following rules for operation:
    1. The operator must possess a valid driver’s license that doesn’t need to include a motorcycle endorsement.
    2. The scooter/moped does not need to be registered through the Department of Revenue.
    3. The operator is not required to maintain liability insurance on the vehicle.
    4. The operator or passenger (if vehicle design includes a passenger seat) is not required to wear a department of transportation-approved helmet.
    This is the Missouri Department of Revenue’s definition for a moped/scooter: “any two-wheeled or three-wheeled device having an automatic transmission and a motor with a cylinder capacity of fifty (50) cubic centimeters, which produces less than three (3) gross brake horsepower, and is capable of propelling the device at a maximum speed of not more than thirty (30) miles per hour on level ground.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Operators of scooter/moped vehicles have the same rights and responsibilities as a motor vehicle operator. Always ride with traffic, never against it. When operating at less than the posted speed limit or traffic flow, ride as near to the right side of the road as possible.
    Move toward the middle or left of the lane as appropriate when making a left turn, avoiding hazards or when the lane is too narrow to share with another vehicle and when there is a right-turn-only lane and you are going straight.
    State law does not require you to wear a helmet. However wearing a department of transportation-approved helmet can prevent serious injuries and death.
    Finally, be sure you have received training and instruction on the operation of your vehicle and take the time to practice operation in a safe environment before heading out on the open road. We would also like to recommend operators of this type of vehicle wear bright-colored or reflective clothing for better visibility by other motorists.
    Last week we learned that one of our members of the Rolla police family will be leaving Central Communications. Telecommunicator Amanda Jones has accepted a position as a legal assistant with the Phelps County prosecutor’s office. Her final day will be June 27.
    Amanda has served in Central Communications since July of 2008. We wish her the best and want to thank her for nearly six years of service to the department and the community. Of course her resignation will leave us with an opening in Central Communications and that notice will be posted soon on the Rolla Police Department Facebook page.
    Speaking of Central Communications, the following excerpt is from the desk of Communications Chief Paula Volkmer who writes:
    Telecommunicator Carla Stacks successfully completed her state-mandated MULES certification last week. With only three weeks’ experience she passed the course with flying colors. Carla does have prior dispatch experience with an out-of-state agency but working with this system is completely new to her. We are proud of her success.
    In closing, we wanted to alert you to the fact that the Dent County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a person of interest in a sexual assault that occurred on June 17, 2014. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 50 years old, 5 feet, 11 inches, stocky build, dark complexion, salt and pepper short, course hair that is parted in the middle, mustache and dark eyes. He also had a gold chain around his neck. No known tattoos or scars.
    The suspect was driving a truck described as a black dually with a silver or diamond plate flatbed, gooseneck or fifth-wheel hitch, chrome rims and cab lights. The truck may be a Dodge diesel. Any person with information is asked to contact the Dent County Sheriff's Office at 573-729-3241.
    Page 3 of 3 - Have a great week!
      • calendar