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SC Seeing Increase In Deadly Moped Wrecks

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South Carolina has more than doubled the number of deadly moped crashes the state saw at this time last year, according to numbers from the SC Department of Public Safety.

Last summer, South Carolina roads saw seven deadly wrecks involving mopeds. So far this year, South Carolina has seen 18.

In South Carolina, there's no way to track the number of mopeds on the road. Currently, state law doesn't require registration or a driver’s license to own and operate a moped. Upstate moped dealers say that easy access, mixed with speeding cars is a deadly disaster.

“Some people think they are just an annoyance, and they treat them as such. And that's the cause of some of these accidents,” said Ted Bloomenfeld, owner of Sports Cycle in Spartanburg County.

South Carolina lawmakers are trying to bring deadly numbers down. Earlier this year, Representative Bill Whitmire presented a bill that would require mopeds to have a rear flashing light and riders to wear reflective vests. An amendment also banned mopeds on roads with speed limits 45 mph or higher. Whitmire’s bill passed in the House, but it didn't make it out of a Senate committee. Whitmire says he plans to re-introduce the bill next year.

North Carolina lawmakers considered a similar bill. And the NC House just passed a bill that requires the registration of mopeds. It is now waiting Senate approval.

In the Upstate, Anderson County currently leads the state with four deadly moped crashes so far this year.

Greenville County has seen three moped deaths this year. In 2013, Greenville County saw six moped deaths in all.

No fatal moped wrecks have been reported in Spartanburg County for 2014.

Shelby Coates
Shelby anchors and produces the weekend morning newscasts and is a general assignment reporter.
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