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8.07.08

My Turn, Your Turn: Bikes and mopeds on the roads

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WILMINGTON -- We all are trying to save on gasoline.  But that may be leading to bigger problems.  At least that's what Becky thinks. Here is what she wrote to us:

"I like bicycles and mopeds. They are fun to ride but not in the middle of the highway in the main stream of traffic.

Unless they pay road use tax like the cars and trucks, have insurance, and also have a license plate on them, they should stay off the roads.

I know times are tough for everyone, but why should I or others, who pay road use tax, have insurance and a valid license plate have to give them all of the right-of-way?"

Becky brings to our attention something we will likely be seeing more of. Her concern seems to be an issue of fairness over the road tax.  But it's also an issue of safety.  Our main thoroughfares are already too congested.  Mopeds are wreaking havoc with traffic flow and I'm afraid someone is going to get killed.

I certainly understand why these modes of transportation have grown in popularity. Gas prices are an issue for everyone.  But there is no need for it to be a life and death issue.

That's Becky's turn.  Now it's your turn.  If you have comments on this segment, or anything else, email Gary McNair, here.

 

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