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New Md. moped helmet law goes into effect Monday

Wednesday - 9/26/2012, 12:13pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland mo-ped riders will have to wear helmets and eye protection beginning Monday.

The new law also requires that motor scooters and mo-peds be titled and insured. And scooter drivers must also have either a valid driver's license or a mo- ped/scooter permit. Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration spokeswoman Caryn Coyle says that means anyone with a suspended or revoked driver's license is breaking the law if they ride a scooter.

The spokeswoman says those caught without helmets, eye protection or a windscreen can be fined up to $500.

Drivers of motor scooters and mo-peds are required to follow the same rules of the road as bicycles. Maryland has about 3,500 motor scooters.


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