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NC Lawmakers Looking To Curb A Dangerous Trend For Moped Drivers

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According to the NCDOT, the number of moped accidents in North Carolina has increased nearly 290 percent over the past 10 years. According to the NCDOT, the number of moped accidents in North Carolina has increased nearly 290 percent over the past 10 years.
HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -

Slow doesn't always mean safe.

“I think the biggest problem with motor scooters is not the people driving, but other drivers who don't see them on the road very well,” said NC motorist Joe Rosbustelli.

In the past 10 years, there have been nearly 5,500 accidents involving mopeds across North Carolina.

That is almost a 290 percent increase, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

DOT officials met with lawmakers Monday to come up with a plan to turn those numbers around.

Sen. Stan Bingman, R- Davidson Co., plans to draft a bill that would require moped drivers to wear safety vests from dusk until dawn.

He says moped drivers are hard to see, especially at night.

Lt. Mike Vesely who is a regional coordinator for BikeSafe North Carolina agrees.

"it is very hard. You have, I would say about a 30 to 50 yard disadvantage.”

Vesely also works for Hendersonville Police Department. He advises riders to always wear reflective clothing, day or night.

Legislators in South Carolina drafted a similar bill last year. It didn’t go anywhere, but Rep. Chandra Dillard, D-Greenville Co., plans to reintroduce it again in January.

“That is a great idea because being small and slower than most cars, I think any kind of added visibility is really going to help,” said Jud Merrell with Harper Yamaha in Hendersonville.

The sponsors of the bills in both North Carolina and South Carolina say they don’t know of any other states that have safety vest requirements for moped drivers.

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