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Liquor Cycles and Motorized Wheel Chairs Equal Danger on Roadways and Streets

Updated on October 1, 2011

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Not long ago an acquaintance died as a result of a moped accident. In his case, he was driving on a rural gravel road which had an incline and from all appearances he lost control of his moped when the front tire rolled on loose gravel throwing him head first over the handlebars.The accident resulted in his neck being broken and he died at the scene before any help could arrive.

Similarly, this week in our small city a young woman was driving a motorize wheel chair when she darted across traffic. Sadly she never even looked to see if her movement which meant crossing four lanes of traffic was at all safe.

Mopeds or liquor cycles as they have been popularly named in our area are small motorized scooters. Most mopeds are smaller in size and have much less power than an average motor cycle and require no drivers license. Many operators are those who have had driving privileges revoked by a traffic court for multiple DUI tickets.

We live in a mountainous area and mopeds tend to be hindrance to normal traffic flow. On some roads it is almost impossible to pass one should it be your lot to come upon one of these vehicles With motorized wheel chairs more problems can be created for drivers. Unless used on a side walk these type devices should never be allowed onto streets or highways. I realize the users of both these means of transportation have certain rights but when the use of these becomes a hazard to the driver and to the public at large, action needs to be taken to insure the safety of the public as well as the user.

Most states now require helmets for moped users and this should include those who use motorized wheel chairs on city sidewalks. A helmet such as one worn by cyclist would suffice and not present any hazardous interference to normal sight.

We must become more aware that with fuel prices rising, more and more are opting for more economical modes transportation. I have seen a big surge in motorcycle users on the roads in my area as well as more mopeds and regular scooters. We also have several group homes and senior care facilities nearby and there has been an increase in motorized chair traffic. Some will drive their chairs to the library or to a convenience store. Gaining an awareness and knowledge when and where to expect traffic of this type will go along way for the safety and welfare of everyone.


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    • Cousin Fudd profile image

      RobertElias Ballard 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Some good points here and a subject that does need to be addressed. The little flags that stick up high are useful for wheelchairs and should be mandatory, for instance.

      At the same time, the elderly often have no other way of getting around. My mother lives about a mile from any shopping at all and although she was walking that distance at 80+ years of age it is too much now and she uses a wheelchair. Sidewalk travel is usually possible, but not always, and you still have the problem of crossing streets as you pointed out. We cannot simply condemn these people to stay at home for the rest of their lives - they too have a right to move about.

      Mopeds, on the other hand, are not that much different from bicycles. Used on city streets just as a bicycle is should not be a major problem. Keep them off highways, busy city streets and freeways (I often see a couple on the interstate near me) as they are hard to see and very slow, but allowing them on side streets would be my solution.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Your hub brings to mind a neighbor of ours who used to ride his lawnmower to work every day, rain or shine because he had lost his license after a DWI.

      It does scare me to see mopeds and motorized wheelchairs on the highways as they are often hard to see and hard to get around. I agree that those who do use these modes of transportation should be required to wear safety gear for their own protection. Light colored or reflective clothing and a bright yellow or green flag would also help motorists see them.

      Good hub, voted up!