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June 3, 2013

Police caution public about mo-ped safety

Thefts high over year

In the midst of warm weather, the Logansport Police Department is warning the public to obey the rules of the road and take care of their mo-peds.

With more mo-peds out on the streets in the summer, the police are going to be watching to make sure young riders are wearing helmets and that the bikes do not have an unsafe number of riders. With a high number of mo-ped thefts this year, Assistant Chief Mike Morphet also cautioned owners to lock up their bikes and take down their VIN.

Morphet said patrol officers will be more actively monitoring mo-ped violations this summer.

“They’re really wanting to enforce the law a little stricter this year,” Morphet said.

Indiana law states that riders have to be at least 15 years old and have an Indiana identification card. Riders under 18 are all required to wear helmets and have some kind of eye protection, which could be glasses or a visor on the helmet, Morphet said.

Only one rider should be on the mo-ped unless there are foot pegs and another seat for a second rider, Morphet said.

Violators will be ticketed, he said.

He added that parents could be held responsible if their teen isn’t meeting the regulations.

Morphet said riders should also be aware of the distinction between motorcycles and mo-peds, with mo-peds having an engine under 49 cubic centimeters.

If the rider is in fact riding a motorcycle, Morphet said those bikes requires a license and other documents.

Police Chief Mike Clark also said riders should be aware that mo-ped thefts have been on the rise.

“We have had an increase in thefts,” Clark said.  

Many of the bikes are taken apart for scrap metal, Morphet said.

One of the reasons for the thefts, Clark said, is because riders often don’t lock up their bikes.

“I’d like to have the owners to try to secure them when they’re unattended to prevent the theft,” Clark said.

Morphet also said owners can protect themselves from theft by keeping the keys with them and writing down the VIN number.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

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