Smith said the changes he is pushing for this year still allow people without driver’s licenses to drive mo-peds but would regulate the use of the motorbikes more.
The law would require all motorized bikes with engines smaller than 50 cubic centimeters to be registered and have license plates. Drivers also would have to take a written test to prove they know basic traffic laws.
The number of people killed or injured while driving mo-peds has increased statewide between 2008 and 2012, according to data from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. In 2008, 16 mo-ped drivers were killed and 547 were injured in accidents. Statewide in 2012, 23 mo-ped drivers were killed and 888 were injured.
Registering and getting license plates for the mo-peds also will make them easier to find if one of the small bikes is stolen. Currently, missing mo-peds are hard to track because they aren’t registered and don’t have license plates.
Smith’s proposal on enhancing safety by mo-ped riders and registering their vehicles is a common-sense step. It’s not the comprehensive change Smith and many law enforcement leaders would like, but it’s a solid step.
We urge the Legislature to approve the bill and for Gov. Mike Pence to sign it.
— Daily Journal of Johnson County