Editorial: Officials need to update mo-ped laws

The Tribune

Area residents recently received a chilling reminder about the dangers of driving and riding on a mo-ped on open highways and county roads.

On Aug. 16, a Medora High School student died in a hit-and-run collision involving the mo-ped on which she was a passenger. The driver of the mo-ped, a classmate, was severely injured. The driver of the truck that collided with the mo-ped — now charged in connection with the case — escaped with no physical injuries.

Because of the vast discrepancy in size between a mo-ped and even a compact car, the rider usually is injured. In July, a 15-year-old boy from Greenwood died after a car hit his mo-ped on U.S. 31 in Franklin. More recently and closer to home, two men were killed in a collision involving the mo-ped they were riding and a car near the intersection of Bartholomew County Roads 450N and 425E.

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