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Cape City Council wants more research presented on a potential scooter safety ordinance

Oct 02, 2012 -- 1:06pm


The Cape Girardeau City Council is addressing scooter safety after Monday’s meeting.  City leaders heard from Southeast Missouri University officials, scooter owners and city residents in their thoughts on the need for scooter riders to wear helmets.  According to University Police the number of riders on campus currently is approximately 352 prompting them to readdress their parking.  Cape Resident Sarina Webb brought the issue to the council before recent tragedies occurred and said a helmet law is a good first step.  City Manager Scott Meyer tells KZIM-KSIM there is a lot to consider. Possibilities for the ordinance include eye protection, insurance requirements and licensing.  Currently anyone operating a vehicle under 50cc’s is not required to wear a helmet or have the vehicle insured.  The city will work on drafting an ordinance before the next council study session.

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