Police believe more are on the road

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

“You’ve probably got college kids, and this is a way for them to get around inexpensively without having to get a tag or insurance,” Thompson said. “There’re a lot of benefits to it. It’s an inexpensive way to get around. By the time you get your tags and taxes and insurance, that’s a lot of money. This is a way for someone to avoid all that.”

Still, there was an effort this past legislative session to require scooters to be registered with the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. The measure didn’t pass.

“If they try to do something to outlaw them or something like that, it’s going to mess some people up,” Thompson said.

One of those people would be Godette, who said he simply has no means to get around town on his own other than on his scooter.

“When you’re disabled and can’t work and can’t pass a driver’s test, you have something that you can get around on,” he said. “And if you can’t pedal a bicycle, this will get you where you want to go. That’s what it’s made for.”

Havelock News reporter Drew C. Wilson contributed to this story.

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