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And keep it off my lawn, too



The rules of the road could change for moped drivers in the Hoosier state.

Indiana House Bill 1523 sets strict rules for using mopeds. It creates a new moped license, would require that mopeds be registered and users would have to pay registration fees, along with state and county taxes.

 "A lot of younger kids that are getting on them and they're not really watching out," said Wyatt Miller, who favors the bill. "It's not really them all the time, it's traffic can't see them either, so I think you should have some kind of license to operate one of them."

Damn things are a menace. We all share the same roads, so we should all follow the same rules, regardless of what the vehicle is.


Harl Delos
Thu, 02/07/2013 - 5:37pm

If we all follow the same rues, does that mean I can make right turns fromthe left-hand lane and glare at the drivers in the street to the right until they back up 20 feet?

Trucking companies move the rear wheel to the back of the trailer, because that shifts the load off the rear axles and onto the power unit, meaning they are less likely to get nailed on overload violations, but the result is a vehicle that understeers so badly that it's a menace to other traffic.  About ten years ago, a semi drove over the rear bumper of my wife's legally-parked car, breaking the bumper mount on the left side, and leaving ugly rubber marks behind, but no note admitting responsibility.

It's foolish to blame truckers for doing something that's legal, though.  They need to set a standard for highways, setting a turn radius for right hand turns, with no parking allowed within X feet of the intersection. If a truck can make that turn without hitting the curb or encroaching on another lane, it's fully legal.  And most trucks can be inexpensively altered to meet the standard.  Trucks that don't meet that standard can be used only on interstate highways and highways especially marked (which would mostly be short stretches between freight terminals and the interstate, and if the highway wasn't turn-free, the trucking company would have to bribe the locality to make the roads safe for the unsafe vehicle.)

That being said, don't nobody say anything about pulling two wagons behind a tractor.  It was illegal back when i was a teenager, but we knew we were at risk of getting caught.  It you are smooth and steady, everything was just fine, but if you had to change speed or direction suddenly, there was a risk that the wagons would start snapping back and for, getting more and more violent in their actions until one or more wagons tipped its load, or the heavy loads would toss around a lightweight tractor.  Never knew anyone to die from that, but I don't know why; I can't believe I was ever so stupid as to do that.

The laws for mopeds should reasonably apply to ATVs and snowmobiles, too.