More regulation of motor scooters, cell phones while driving
by Staff Writer
Each day my wife and I are noticing more and more citizens riding motor scooters and using their cell phones while driving. We were appalled, upon asking an individual what was required to operate a motor scooter in North Carolina to learn that you only have be 16 years old and wear a helmet. The individual laughed at me.
There is no registration required, no liability insurance needed and no operator’s license. Only a helmet.
Is this accurate?
If the answer is yes, what were our legislators thinking? This motor scooter business is allowing individuals that do not or cannot obtain a valid drivers license to drive with no liability insurance. What does a citizen do if he or she is involved in an accident?
Now I know that not everyone falls into this category. However, I would guess that a good percentage is. Just today we were driving on Statesville Road when an individual pulled out of the medical center with his arm in a sling. He proceeded to drive more than 25 mph to the ABC store in Cornelius. What can citizens do to get this regulated?
Drivers using cell phones have become a major issue. If you were to stand on any street corner, you would find that almost every car’s driver was using his or her cell phone.
People are using their cell phones while walking across the street, going in and out of Target, while backing out of a parking space, while having dinner with their spouse, who also is on the cell phone.
Who are these people talking to? The day is near when someone or a number of people are going to be involved in an accident. Once again, I ask, “What can we citizens do to get legislators attention, unless they to are on their cell phone?”
We have seat belt laws, windshield-wiper laws, headlight laws and many much needed laws to protect the citizens of North Carolina. So where do we go from here? Do we dig our heads in the sand? There has to be a starting point before we read about someone we love in the obituary section.
– Joe and Dolores Murgolo, Huntersville