Scooter drivers could face stricter rules while driving if a proposed city ordinance passes through the council as written. Tonight the council will discuss and possibly vote on the first draft of a new safety ordinance written by attorneys Eric Cunningham and Al Spradling III. The current draft calls for drivers to ride alone, with a helmet and under 30 miles an hour. Ward 5 Councilman Mark Lanzotti tells KZIM-KSIM he also expects discussion on adding insurance to requirements. If the council makes a motion to adopt it as an emergency ordinance and receive five affirmative votes it could take effect immediately without a second and third reading. Fines for violations can range from 5 to 25 dollars and five days impounding if under 17 years old. According to Cape Police since 2010 there have been 32 scooter related accidents, most around Southeast Missouri State University’s campus.
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