It's no secret that in South Carolina, mopeds are a common transportation choice for many on the lower socio-economic rungs who've lost their driver's licenses. The problem is that many of them aren't any more responsible on two small wheels than with four, especially taking up an entire lane of a road while they putter along at maybe 20 m.p.h.
And you'll certainly never see any of them looking as safe or responsible as the two in that photo.
Yours truly had a moped when I was about 14. It never occurred to me that I had equal standing in traffic, so I always rode to the right and tried my best to stay out of the way of motor vehicles.
A couple of state Reps from Spartanburg County - Derham Cole and Eddie Tallon - don't like what they've seen either and are working to fix the problem:
We say go get 'em ... they won't be hard to spot or catch.
Current state law specifically excludes mo-peds from the definition of a motor vehicle. That exclusion came as a surprise to Rep. Derham Cole and newly elected Rep. Eddie Tallon, who said officers told him about it as he campaigned.
The Spartanburg Republicans prefiled a bill Tuesday that would remove the exclusion, allowing officers to charge drunken mo-ped drivers with driving under the influence.