State and Local Government within Indiana: Please update the laws regarding motorized scooters in the State.
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State and Local Government within Indiana

State and Local Government within Indiana: Please update the laws regarding motorized scooters in the State.

    1. Chris Cooke
    2. Petition by

      Chris Cooke

      Evansville, IN

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March 2014

Victory

Chris Cooke: Today, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed tighter controls on motorized scooters into law. Operators will need to start following the new rules in 2015.

The laws regarding motorized scooters should be updated for the safety of those who use our roadways in the State of Indiana.

To:
State and Local Government within Indiana
Please update the laws regarding motorized scooters within the State of Indiana.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. VICTORY!!!

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      It was a long process, but today, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed tighter controls on motorized scooters into law. Operators will need to start following the new rules in 2015.

      UPDATE: Pence signs into law legislation requiring registration of motor scooters

      Gov. Mike Pence signed tighter controls on motorized scooters into law Thursday, and operators will need to start following the new rules in 2015. The new regulations, supported by the Evansville Police Department, come after years of attempts by Indiana lawmakers to pass legislation to address scooters.

    2. Courier and Press Editorial

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Courier and Press Editorial from 9/16/2013

      EDITORIAL: Issue of scooters expected to grow

      In advance of the Indiana Legislature engaging in a healthy debate about whether to regulate the little scooters that seem to be multiplying on our city streets, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma spent time recently in Evansville discussing the issue with Sgt. Jason Cullum of the Evansville Police Department.

    3. House Speaker Stops in Evansville to Discuss Scooter Reform

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Local 7/25 Story from 9/10/2013

      House Speaker Stops in Evansville to Discuss Scooter Reform, Other Issues

      Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma makes a stop in Evansville. After seeing and hearing about the problem first-hand, Bosma says he's in support of scooter regulation. At Tri-State Towing's police impound lot, this is where scooters go to die. The debate centered around them, however, has not. In fact, it's only intensified.

    4. Local group taking concerns about scooters to Indy

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      14 News Story from 9/4/2013

      Local group taking concerns about scooters to Indy

      Local group taking concerns about scooters to Indy Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:19 PM EST Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:19 PM EST EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A local member of a bikers' group that promotes safety on the road is taking his concerns about scooters to Indianapolis.

    5. Scooters: “It’s a blessing”

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Here is Part II of the story in the Courier and Press for 8/11/2013

      Scooters: "It's a blessing"

      Felton Washington isn't one of the dangerous scooter riders. He never rides faster than 30 mph, he said, and he diligently obeys traffic laws. Mobile and tablet readers tap here to watch Police, shops, public dealing with heated scooter issues Owning a scooter is great, Washington said, because it's faster than cycling or walking, more convenient than riding the bus and much more affordable than owning, insuring and licensing a car.

    6. Police: 'It's because they can't drive a car.

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Here is Part I of the story in today's Courier and Press for 8/11/2013

      Police: 'It's because they can't drive a car.' | VIDEO

      As the popularity of scooters grow, so have the number of accidents, stolen scooters and hours spent by the department devoted to scooter-related issues.

    7. Police, shops, public dealing with heated scooter issues

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Here is a video associated with the Courier and Press Story on 8/11/2013

      Police, shops, public dealing with heated scooter issues

      A Downtown Evansville resident, police detective, and a local businessman discuss their experiences with scooters and the issues associated with them. http://www.courierpress.com/news/2013/aug/10/scooters/

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Mopeds, 'Mo-Problems,' Possible City Ordinance Being Drafted

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Part of that has to do with state law which does not require moped drivers to have insurance. City Councilwoman Missy Mosby wants those state laws changed. But locally, Mosby says she's in the process of drafting a city ordinance that aims to help make the roads safer.

      Mosby has been in discussions with the Mayor's Office and other city leaders. Mosby says the city already has an ordinance on the books but it lacks 'teeth' and is difficult to enforce. Ultimately, Mosby says it comes down to safety for all drivers.

      "We've had three fatalities in the Second Ward in about a year's period," Mosby said. "They were adults unfortunately and I'd hate to see a small child get hurt or killed on these scooters."

      Mosby says the potential new ordinance would require the registration of every scooter in the city much like how you have to register a bike. Mosby says she hopes to present the ordinance to the council by mid-september.

      Mopeds, 'Mo-Problems,' Possible City Ordinance Being Drafted

      There is an online petition going around that urges state lawmakers to take a closer look at moped laws in Indiana. But an Evansville City Councilmember hopes to take that petition even further. While they are meant to be a quick and cheap form of transportation, officials say far too often moped drivers don't follow the same rules and regulations other drivers do.

    10. Evansville park packed for 30th annual National Night Out

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Several different neighborhood groups and even some local businesses set up booths, including one to bring awareness of the need for updated scooter laws.

      People who attended the event could sign a petition that's part of a bi-partisan push by state lawmakers from Evansville to address, what they call, a glaring lack of laws covering these motorized vehicles.

      Evansville park packed for 30th annual National Night Out

      Multiple public safety agencies, neighborhood groups, and local businesses will come together on Tuesday night for National Night Out.

    11. Petition Drive Aims To Update Indiana Moped Laws

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      "Very appreciative of the people coming out this evening and giving their time to be able to sign onto this petition. It means a lot when you go to the Statehouse -- that you have this grassroots support. It means everything," says State Representative Gail Riecken, D-Evansville. Riecken says the problem with current Indiana law starts with its definition. She says the definition of a motorized scooter is too broad -- it must be narrowed and brought up to speed with current technology. Evansville Police agree, saying current motorized scooters are quicker than older models. They are now crafted to look and drive more like motorcycles.

      State lawmakers are expected to bring up the issue during the 2014 legislative session. Evansville 2nd Ward City Councilwoman Missy Mosby has said she plans to draft a local ordinance proposal -- requiring scooters to be registered. She hopes to bring that proposal before the council by mid-September.

      Petition Drive Aims To Update Indiana Moped Laws

      An Evansville petition drive is urging state lawmakers to take a closer look at moped laws. The movement is a combined effort from city and state leaders. The petition calls for laws regarding motorized scooters to be updated. Among their concerns -- state law does not require training, a valid drivers license, or insurance to ride a scooter.

    12. Thousands mix and mingle during National Night Out at Wesselman Park

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      The petition to ask state lawmakers to update regulations and laws for scooters was made public at the event. Karin Montgomery, with the police department’s Auto Theft Division, said the petition had garnered 100 signatures at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The online petition on Change.org has more than 500, according to Councilwoman Missy Mosby, who was helping with the petition booth.

      Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin both signed the petition.

      Thousands mix and mingle during National Night Out at Wesselman Park

      Thousands of people took to Wesselman Park Tuesday evening to mingle and meet local public safety officers and officials for the local observance of the 30th annual National Night Out. Organizers estimated 3,000 people turned out for the festival-like event, which featured demonstrations by members of the police and fire departments, games, hands-on activities, food and animals.

    13. Courier Article 8/3/2013

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Local legislators push scooter regulation petition
      The petition launches Tuesday during National Night Out

      Local legislators push scooter regulation petition

      A bipartisan petition drive is pushing for state legislators to update laws regulating motorized scooters in Indiana. The petition launches Tuesday during National Night Out, an event held across the country as an America's night out against crime, which will be observed locally at 6 p.m. at Wesselman Park in Evansville.

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. Coverage from TheStateHouseFile.Com

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Report from The StatehouseFile.Com

      Lawmakers seek support for new scooter laws

      INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosiers can ask state and local officials to update laws regulating the use of motorized scooters in Indiana. They can do so by signing a petition that launches Tuesday that's meant to gauge the level of public support for the proposed legislation.

    16. 14 News Coverage for 8/1/2013

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the 14 News Coverage Tonight

      EPD and lawmakers petitioning for stricter scooter laws in Indiana

      EPD and lawmakers petitioning for stricter scooter laws in Indiana Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 7:04 PM EST Updated: Thursday, August 1, 2013 7:04 PM EST EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - An online petition drive is the latest push to have stricter scooter laws in Indiana.

    17. Local 7/25 News Coverage 8/1/2013

      Chris Cooke
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the Local 7/25 News Coverage Tonight

      Indiana Law Makers Seek New Scooter Laws

      Some Indiana lawmakers are fighting for stricter rules on the road, and they will not be for automobiles. There are some changes drivers of motorized scooters could soon face. Some state representatives are seeking new laws hoping to require things like registration, licensing, and insurance for motorized scooter operators, and law makers are not the only ones wanting these changes.

    18. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Chad Jones EVANSVILLE, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      The scooters do not obey traffic laws or wear safety equipment. The is no training as with motorcycles. They also have no insurance.

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    • Chad Spencer EVANSVILLE, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      Scooters and mopeds cause a significant amount of (uninsured) accidents causing motorcyclists and other riders / drivers to have to accept higher insurance costs to cover the damage caused uninsured riders. If it's got a motor / engine insurance should be required. Age limit for riding on the road needs to be at least the legal driving age (16) if not higher and should require licensing the same as a car or motorcycle. Unless they're riding a bicycle they need to follow standard rules for all motorized vehicles. (insurance, licensing, and minimum age)

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    • Flora McAdow EVANSVILLE, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      I myself will sign this petition but; I have a relative that rides his scooter to and from work everyday; weather permitting!! He never disobeys the rules of the road....I feel very strongly that I would rather see the people who aren't able to drive an auto to get to and from work be allowed to ride their scooters...otherwise their is going to be alot of scooter riders not able to get to and from work so they will end up having to quit their job and go on public aide! I praise the ones who use the scooters to go to and from work....I think their should be an age limit of 18yrs. old and I am not against registering and insuring them....my relative does not have a license and hasn't for 20 yrs. due to letting them expire...the cost of operating a car, with insurance and repairs and all was a factor for him....He chose to opt for riding a scooter....I don't think they should make it that they have to have a drivers license in our case.....A training school or taking a test to see how well qualified is fine....Just my input.

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    • Ray B EVANSVILLE, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      We should have the same laws for scooters that they have in illinois. Check it out

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    • Gordon McKinley EVANSVILLE, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      This is a dangerous situation. If their is an accident you pay they don't. If you lose your license you can still operate these motor vehicles it doesn't make sense at all.

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