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Moped driver in serious condition after crash on N. 3rd Street

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A moped driver is in serious condition after veering into a truck on the 1000 block of N. North 3rd Street according to Wilmington Police.

Investigators on scene said the man has severe injuries to his head, and suspect he did not have his helmet properly fastened. He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Police closed N. 3rd Street from Harnett Street to Davis Street while they investigate.

The driver's name has not been released.

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This guy died. He was the

This guy died. He was the son of a friend of mine. I'm not terribly fond of scooters myself. They scare me. I do know that everyone I know that has one has no driver's license because of alcohol issues. That bothers me a lot, as I'm sure it does most everyone. I just wish our roads were safer for everyone...pedestrians, scooter riders, car/truck drivers...all of us!

If it has a motor and it is

If it has a motor and it is on a public road then it should be insured. One of these liquor cycles ran into the side of our vehicle a couple of years ago and then tried to file a lawsuit against us. Needless to say the rider lost. They are a nuisance and a danger to drivers.

Mopeds and scooters

Not to sound uncaring but moped and scooter drivers generally have:
No driver license
No vehicle insurance
No health insurance
So, when they have a wreck they have:
No money to pay for damages to other vehicle
No money to pay for their medical care
Who pays? We do, the tax payers.

Hmmmmm

While I hate to see any deaths on our roads I have to take the minority opinion and call for more mopeds. heck they should be allowed to be bigger without needing a license.
I think they are effective and inexpensive transportation and their use should be encouraged.
Sure get BAD moped drives off the road, BUT then get bad car drivers off the road as well. I would be there will be more than a few people mad if this was undertaken.
We need to think clearly on this and recognize Mopeds for what they are - basic transportation.......

Vog

Recognize mopeds for what they are?

We all know what they are. For the most part, they're "liquor sickles" and "drunk-bikes", THAT, my friend is what they are. The majority of people that use them do so simply because they do not have a valid drivers license and some may NEVER have one again.

They already do make "bigger" mopeds! They are 50cc and up and go faster. They are licensed, regulated, taxed and insured as motorcycles. Anyone that operates a motorized vehicle on NC roadways should be qualified and have the appropriate financial responsibility (insurance) to do so, you know, just like the REST OF US. If one wants the "economic benefits" of a scooter, then being qualified and financially responsible is a very small part of the cost. However, as a convicted DWI offender, one can't get a license OR buy insurance and shouldn't be out on the roads in the first place!

FYI - The latest accident that occurred on River Rd. yesterday was cause by a "moped" rider that decided to cross the median between River Rd. and Carolina Beach rd. as a "shortcut". His "shortcut" caused over $5000.00 in damage to the SUV and he was drunker than a nine-eyed cricket caught in a hubcap! He will not be held liable for the damage and couldn't begin to pay for it if he was. Do you actually approve of this sort of unregulated transportation and lack of accountability/responsibility? You actually want to "increase" the size and speed without a license? Hope you're not next!

Consider the Alternative

I agree in part and dissent in part. I agree that moped operators, because they often are judgment proof, will not be able to satisfy a judgment against them of any liability in causes a collision. I agree that some form of liability insurance for the moped makes some sense, however if insurance companies won't issue it than it's not a practical solution.

I dissent in the notion that mopeds should be eliminated entirely. Wilmington, and the vast majority of North Carolina, requires a motor vehicle to get from place to place. People who are no longer able to have a license use mopeds to get to and from work. There are few alternatives, the only reasonable one for most people is to have a friend or family member give them a ride. People whose' license is permanently suspended by the state are a small percentage of North Carolina's who do not drive (consider: old age, infirmity, disability, youth, poverty, etc.). In order to go to work and be productive members of our society they all require transportation.

Before we start taking away the mopeds, we need to provide a practical, reliable, safe, and convenient alternative. Our meager bus service is insufficient. If I drive I can park within feet of the front of most stores, if I take the bus I often have to walk a thousand feet through a blacktop parking lot, dodging cars, without a pedestrian walkway, and in direct sun. More people would take public transportation in this city if it was convenient and safe. At some point those who could drive might actually choose to ride the bus!

I agree with some of your points, however...

...those that lose their license through their inability to control their drinking and driving habits get what they get. They REALLY should've thought about the consequences of losing their license ahead of time. The "collateral damage" of killing someone doesn't even cross their mind, but that's all too commonplace, irreversible and tragic for many. I despise a drunk driver and have ZERO sympathy for their self-imposed plight. Walk or ride a bike. Take a cab, ride a bus. If they had done that in the first place, they could still drive just like you and I.

As for the "old", "infirm" and "disabled", they are the perfect candidates in need of liability insurance IF they are even able to get on a moped in the first place, most probably cannot.

I'm not at all for eliminating mopeds. I'm all for rider licensing, insuring and safety inspections. I see them without headlights, tail lights and busted blinkers all the time. I recently experienced a moped rider having a rear blowout on MLK. He was fully out of control and unexpectedly shot across two lanes of traffic just to keep it upright.

Anyone on our roadways, on a motorized vehicle must be accountable and responsible for their potential. Just like you and I. Again, for the drunks...just stay home and off the road!

I hate to hear of accidents with injuries, but...

...sometimes common sense doesn't prevail!

The other driver should demand that the police verify that it is a "LEGAL" moped, meaning:

1. It must be 50cc or less engine displacement (check engine stamps!).
2. It must not be able to travel faster than 30 mph on level ground.
3. It must have a fully automatic transmission with no ability to shift gears by the rider.

If the moped cannot pass these 3 criteria, he was riding what is considered a "motorcycle" and must have all listed to be legally operable on NC roadways:
1. Driver must possess valid NCDL with class M endorsement.
2. Liability insurance as a minimum.
3. Valid NC Safety inspection.

Resulting charges can be:
1. Driving without a license and/or license revoked.
2. Driving without financial responsibility (insurance).
3. Invalid state inspection.
Along with other charges as applicable.

There are many local, shady dealers pawning off illegal Chinese scooters, marking the exterior as 50cc when they are actually 150cc and greater. They exceed speeds of 50 mph and are NOT legal scooters. Stampings on engine cases will verify the engine displacement.

Now, I hope this guy makes it through his injuries, but I also hope he was legal! There's a lot of them that aren't. Everyone should be aware of this in case a moped hit's YOUR automobile and realize what you need to do! Always have these items checked by the officer at the scene.

I've seldom seen moped

I've seldom seen moped drivers being reckless - most are very careful and obey traffic rules. Can't say the same for motorcycle drivers who are usually speed demons and weave in and out of traffic.

Don't go out much

You must not go out much then.

You Must Be Joking!!!

The Tag Line Is My Reply To You!!!!!!

Can't

say I didn't expect this to happen. I'm actually shocked it hasn't happened sooner! These little nuisances need to be registered. We all know that people with DUI's are skirting the laws with these things!

This is sad, but expected.

This is sad, but expected. Most moped/scooter drivers do not respect traffic rules. Get them off the street, Wilmington is not the place for BAD scooter drivers.

Why do they allow mopeds to

Why do they allow mopeds to drive on roads with speed limits over 35 if it goes faster it not a moped golf carts can only ride on streets with posted35 most mopeds are motorcycles over 50ccwy don't they enforce that law

And if not off the streets...

...make it law that they not only have to have tags but also insurance. I'm surprised the government is missing out on the extra revenue they could collect. Once tagged, they could also be subject to yearly property tax bills.

Many of the riders only stay to the right when traffic is stopped and they want to get to the front. Most often they take up a full lane and even ride in the left lane.

scooters!

Guesty,
I agree with you! Even though these people don't have a drivers license, they should at least have to pay for taxes, insurance, INSPECTION and everything else! I personally hate the things, try to avoid them on the roads, you never know what they are going to do!

Mopeds and traffic....

Too many times I have waited patiently to pass a driver on a moped, while he or she is gently weaving closer to the middle of my lane, only to pass and come to a stop light, and the driver on the moped comes whizzing by the entire line of cars that are stopped to go to the front of the line. Once the light turns green, the silly game begins again.

They should obey the same traffic laws I do which includes passing a test to get an operator's license, they should help me pay for the roads by also paying taxes, getting tags and registration, they should be required to protect themselves and others with insurance, and they should have to get regular inspections to make sure their ride is safe and under state regulations (like I do).

But oh....mopeds are a virtually fail-safe way for someone who lost their license due to drinking and driving to get back on the road.

When did you last see a cop pull a moped? When did you see a moped in a traffic stop? Nada.

No license, no insurance, no

No license, no insurance, no driving test, how many kids have to die before they're outlawed?

More kids die from firearms than mopeds, same rules for guns?

Liability insurance, proficiency test and license on guns sounds like a good idea too, How many more kids must die?

Don't make more of an idiot out of yourself....

...than you already display! That is a totally off-subject, without basis, lip-flappin' comment! If you want to go the route you suggest, lets take it a step further! Let's get prospective parents to purchase liability insurance, proficiency in child-rearing qualifications and a license to impregnate before creation, OK? Those requirements alone would prevent us from having to to read your sort of rediculous ideas! More kids die of "stupidity" than anything else. The documented "Darwin Files" and "YouTube" are proof of that! Geeeez...

+1 for this guy

+1 for this guy

You already won the blue ribbon in that contest

On the other hand I would agree with you about licensing parents and procreation. But back to your rant, Why is licensing one dangerous machine any different than the other? Both are potentially deadly in untrained hands. Is it only off topic to you but because you can't defend it?

RSimmons, a PENCIL is deadly in the "wrong hands"...

...and it seems ludicrous to "license" pencil users now doesn't it? I'm not at all against firearms training and qualification. I only wish that every child had a responsible father like I did that teaches firearm safety from a little tyke on up. I was NEVER allowed to even point my cowboy cap pistol at anyone! We went forward from there. We target shot together, starting with .22's and went on up to high-powered rifles and various caliber handguns. I enjoy shooting to this very day and have never had an unintended round to discharge. I am not a hunter, I just enjoy the sport of shooting. I get a charge off of firing 3 rounds and making one hole.

Common sense tends to take a back seat these days. Fathers like I had are becoming ever increasingly rare. Regulation and licensing of certain activities are important. Accountability and responsibility are even more important. For those of us that ARE accountable and responsible, licensure is merely secondary and procedural compliance. Not everyone has that. The frequency and critical nature of being on our roadways with other citizens requires licensed qualification and financial responsibility.

NO

no-no-no-no-no-no...it has to be someone who's IMPORTANTs kid...

Moped

If it is motorized and traveling on public roads, it should be required to have a vehicle license, an operators license, and insurance.