State Rep Looks to Update Moped Laws

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell

July 30, 2012 Updated Jul 30, 2012 at 5:33 PM EDT

Indiana (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Many moped drivers on the road are riding them because they have a conviction for drunk driving.

Indiana lawmakers will soon be gathering for the next legislative session and tightening the state's moped laws could be on the agenda.

State Representative Milo Smith from the Indianapolis area says the 40-year-old law regulating mopeds is in drastic need of an update and now he has a recent State Supreme Court ruling to back him up.

Smith says under the ruling, if someone is driving a moped under the influence, and driving under 25-miles-per-hour, weaving all over the road, and a policeman stops him, the person can't be arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, because a moped is not classified as a motorized vehicle.

Representative Smith says when you take someone's license away because of an OWI. It should be a penalty, not just a move to protect the public.

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