Easy, economical rides can be dangerous
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Mopeds and scooters can be an easy and economical way to get around, but after numerous accidents, it's clear there can be dangers.
Matt Brown is use to zipping from place to place on his scooter and on the road he will tell you, he's not alone. "You know I live on the other side of town and I see them coming to and from work every day," said Brown.
It's the thrill that comes with riding in open air that Chris Lebrasseur, co-owner of Highland Motorsport on Bardstown Road, believes keeps her customers on their bikes.
"The main reason people like to ride though, I think is because it's so much fun," said Lebrasseur.
The savings are also a huge plus. Most scooters get about 100 miles to the gallon, but if you don't take steps to keep yourself safe on a moped or scooter, the potential for injuries are out there.
We really, really insist with our customers that they buy a helmet," said Lebrasseur.
While it may seem like a no brainer far too often she sees riders going by without the appropriate gear.
"In Jefferson County, you are suppose to have a visibility flag on the back," said Lebrasseur.
She said a helmet's a must and it's not a bad idea to wear protective clothing like closed toe, sturdy shoes and gloves.
"It helps you also to grip your throttle well so you don't lose your touch," said Lebrasseur.
In Kentucky mopeds are considered scooters that only go 30 miles per hour. Scooters that go faster require insurance and a special license. Lebrasseur said where people can get in trouble is if they ride on roads with speed limits their scooter's can't handle.
"It's not like a bicycle, you don't want to be on the side of the road with the cars passing you," said Lebrasseur.
To make it a little easier on the riders out there, Brown urges drivers to be responsible. "Stop texting, stop talking on the phone, pay attention to the road," said Brown.
To ride a moped in Kentucky, you must be at least 16 and while helmets are not required by law, they are highly encouraged.
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