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SC bill on moped requirements heads to Senate

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Lawmakers pass new requirements for moped riders. (Feb. 5, 2014/FOX Carolina) Lawmakers pass new requirements for moped riders. (Feb. 5, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A bill that would put create additional requirements for moped drivers is working its way through the South Carolina legislature.

While some lawmakers and motorists are in support of the additional requirements to keep everyone safe on the road, not everyone agrees.

When Ed Raines needs to get around, he hops on his moped, but said high-traffic areas can be dangerous.

"I know a lot of moped riders have got hit lately, and I think that might be the reason they're starting all this with the moped," Raines said.

He said he rides to grocery stores and to work, and often takes busy streets. And many of those streets have speed limits of 45 mph and up, Raines said.

However, some lawmakers are pushing a new bill they say will keep everyone safe.

"It's very dangerous to be on a four-lane highway that is 55, 60 mph, and the speed limit you're going is 30," said Rep. Bill Whitmire, R-District 1.

Whitmire represents the Oconee County area and prefiled a bill that would require changes for moped riders.

"Must wear reflective vests and to require that a moped sold in the state must be equipped with a rear tail light that flashes continually while a moped is in motion," Whitmire said.

Whitmire proposed the bill because he said he almost hit a moped rider because he didn't see him.

"It's purely a safety bill in my opinion," Whitmire said.

He said the amendment to his proposal includes that moped riders can only ride on roads where the speed limit doesn't exceed 45 mph.

Raines doesn't agree with road limitations, but doesn't mind wearing a vest or having a flashing tail light.

"It's really scary," Raines said.

And he wants drivers to watch out for him, too.

"It's crazy, but hopefully they'll slow down a little bit and share the road," Raines said.

The bill was passed in the House will head to the state Senate next for a vote.

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