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April 3, 2014

THEIR OPINION — For April 3

Recent editorials published in Indiana newspapers. Distributed by The Associated Press.

New scooter law represents appropriate action

As the dust settles around the big issues that dominated the recent session of the Indiana General Assembly, some of the more mundane yet important results of the session are coming to light.

Among the significant positive changes pending is a law that places tighter regulations on drivers of motorized scooters.

The new law, which will take effect next January, will require scooter operators to obtain license plates from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, have a valid state ID and pass a road sign test.

The law keeps the minimum age to operate scooters at 15, while raising their maximum speed to 35 mph and banning them from interstate highways.

More stringent regulations on scooter operations have been a goal of police agencies, and some legislators, for years. This year, however, brought consensus on most of the issues. Only one major change that was sought — that scooter drivers have insurance — did not make into the final law.

While some may decry this measure as a further erosion of freedom and of government regulation run amok, this is a common-sense law that addresses a legitimate public safety concern. Our roadways, and people who use them, will be better off for it.

— The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute

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