Side-by-side mo-peds

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Matthew continued: "If so, why isn't the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety doing more to stop this dangerous trend? I would also urge parents to help stop this dangerous practice as well.


Riding two abreast on motorized vehicles is indeed a moving violation, and Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said his department encourages compliance with all traffic laws through education and enforcement. 

“Both warnings and citations are issued frequently,” he insists. “Officers are aware of safety concerns and take appropriate action when presented with violations.”

Hawke also passed along this information about state law concerning mo-peds:

“A mo-ped is defined as a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with an engine of 100 cc's or less (or) producing 1500 watts or less, if electric. The power drive system can't require shifting gears and top speed can't exceed 30 mph. If any of these standards are exceeded, it's considered a motorcycle. Motorcycles require a cycle endorsement and insurance.

“Operating a mo-ped:

• Requires a valid driver's license.

• If the driver does not have a valid driver's license and is over 15 years of age, a mo-ped license may be obtained from the Michigan Secretary of State.

• If the driver is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign the mo-ped license application.

• Mo-ped operators under 19 years of age must wear a helmet.

• Mo-peds are not allowed on freeways, between lanes of traffic, on sidewalks, or bike paths.

• One person allowed at a time, no passengers.”

By the way, the Tribune spells mo-ped with a hyphen, per Associated Press style. Without a hyphen spells the past tense of mope (“to be gloomy or dejected; to brood or sulk; to move in an aimless manner; dawdle” — The American Heritage Dictionary).

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