Now that summer is here and with gas prices so high, many people are resorting to driving mopeds, scooters and electric mini-motorcycles but may be unaware of the "Motorized Bicycle" law.
A "Motorized Bicycle" means a two or three wheeled vehicle that is propelled by an internal combustion engine or a battery powered motor and if powered by an internal combustion engine has an engine no larger than 50-cubic centimeters (CC), automatic transmission and does not travel faster than 25 miles per hour (MPH) on a flat surface.
Sgt. Rich Myers of the Indiana State Police said, "Anything over 50 cc or goes faster than 25 MPH is considered a motorcycle and must be licensed accordingly."
The Motorized Bicycle law states that one of these vehicles may not be operated by a person less than 15 years old or a person without an identification card of some sort.
They also may not be driven on the interstate or sidewalks.
Anyone less than 18 years old must also wear protective headgear meeting the minimum standards or a helmet that meets standards set by the United States Department of Transportation as well as protective glasses, goggles or a transparent face shield.
Motorized Bicycles that meet the criteria do not need to have a license plate affixed to them.
Lieutenant George Schneider, Commander of the Putnamville State Police Post wants to remind riders of mopeds, electric scooters or motorized bicycles to use extra caution and common sense.
Riders should also remember that traffic laws pertaining to motor vehicles also apply to these motorized devises.
People who drive cars and trucks must be aware that the use of these vehicles is on the rise and to be on the lookout for them.