Police believe more are on the road

Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 08:05 AM.

“You cannot share the lane with a moped,” he said. “Where he’s at, that lane belongs to him. The best thing you can do if you come upon a moped is to slow down, and when it’s safe to pass, go around.”

He said on two-lane roads when a scooter is operating in the lane, vehicle drivers are not permitted to pass in a no passing zone, but if the scooter is riding outside the white fog line on the shoulder of the road, it can be passed in a no passing zone.

Godette said he was not worried about bigger vehicles while riding his scooter around town.

“You just have to stay on the right side,” he said. “That’s the way you’ve got to ride it.”

Operators do have to observe the rules of the road, such as stop signs, speed limits and traffic signals. And, don’t think it’s safe to drive a scooter while drunk.

“You can get a DWI on a moped,” Fahnestock said. “We can issue a DWI to anything that rides on the road except for a horse.”

Just two weeks ago, John Dancy, 43, of Morehead City, was convicted in Carteret County for habitual impaired driving after his arrest in June for driving a moped while intoxicated. Dancy was sentenced to 17 to 30 months in prison for his fourth DWI conviction in 10 years.



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