Jan. 16, 2013
Roanoke County is seeing increasing numbers of mopeds, which experts believe may be linked to the increasing costs of owning larger vehicles. As a result, officials are working to improve safety measures for moped riders. According to an article from WSLS 10 News, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors implemented a law requiring moped riders to wear a helmet and also use other pieces of safety equipment.
The measure mandates moped drivers and passengers to wear face protection as well. This can be accomplished through wearing a face shield on a helmet, wearing safety goggles, or having the vehicle equipped with a windshield.
The policy aims to reduce the number of head and Roanoke Brain Injuries that are often associated with accidents involving mopeds.
Roanoke County law enforcement is currently working to educate the public about the new law before beginning enforcement at the end of the month. They say anyone who is caught in violation of the ordinance can face a traffic citation and a fine of up to $50.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm are hopeful the new regulations will be successful in working to protect moped riders and other motorists from serious harm in the event of a traffic accident.