Scooter supporters say dangerous operators make up a tiny percentage of the estimated 50,000 scooter riders. They add scooters allow people who have lost their driving privileges to keep their jobs until they are reinstated.
However, a law requiring registration would not prevent anyone from riding a scooter. It might help solve some scooter thefts, which have quadrupled in recent years, according to Evansville’s statistics.
Insurance also would be a reasonable requirement. The scooter rider may be at the greatest risk in a collision, but other people and vehicles can be harmed, too.
We hope Indiana legislators will take a serious look at scooter laws in 2014, and that the effort to reform those laws won’t run out of gas.
— The News Sun, Kendallville
THE ISSUE Scooters are largely unregulated in Indiana. OUR VIEW Indiana legislators need to take a serious look at scooter laws in 2014.