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Tighter Indiana scooter rules signed into law

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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:10 am

INDIANAPOLIS — Drivers of motorized scooters in Indiana will face tighter regulations under a measure signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence.

The new law will require scooter operators to obtain license plates from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, have valid state ID and pass a road sign test. The new rules take effect in January.

Some legislators and police agencies have pushed for years for additional scooter regulations, although the new law won't require that scooter drivers have insurance as many had sought.

Evansville police Sgt. Jason Cullum tells the Evansville Courier & Press the changes will have a positive impact.

The law keeps the minimum age to operate scooters at 15, while raising their maximum speed to 35 mph and banning them from interstates.