Police believe more are on the road

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

“Impaired driving is dangerous regardless of the method of transportation,” District Attorney Scott Thomas said in a statement. “Mopeds can cause traffic collisions just as any other vehicle can. Impaired moped operators are not immune from prosecution and prison.” 

Fahnestock said he has noticed an increase in the number of scooters on the road. He believes one of the biggest reasons is because of the good gas mileage.

Dave Thompson, sales manager of Craven County Motorsports, located on U.S. 70 between New Bern and Havelock, said the scooters can get up to 80 miles per gallon.

“They are real easy to ride,” Thompson said. “There are no gears or clutches. You just get on it and give it gas.”

Prices for a scooter at Craven County Motorsports start at $2,199.

“There are some cheaper brands that start at around $1,000, but we don’t sell those,” he said, adding that he has not seen an increase in sales recently.

At any price, owners of scooters save money on vehicle taxes, license tag or registration fees, state vehicle inspections and insurance, none of which are required for scooters under current law.

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