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Rules Needed for Motorized Scooters

A motorized scooter without a seat has puzzled politicians, parents and police on where kids can ride them.

Justin Small is spending the day after Christmas pacing, pushing and pedaling his brand new scooter.

"I don't like the motorized kind because they are too big," says Justin Small.

While it maybe too big for little Justin, it's bringing in big bucks for area businesses. Oshman's estimates one out of every eight shoppers comes knocking for one of these motorized scooters.

"Pretty big but not the hottest item, but yes they are pretty hot," says Jon Scott.

The scooter is also a hot topic for lawmakers since Florida law hasn't caught up with the motorized model. While yellow lines and signs designate where cyclist can ride their bikes, Florida law really isn't that clear on where kids can ride their motorized scooters.

Florida statutes consider motorized scooters to be a vehicle that requires a driver's license to operate, just like a car. Yet the Department of Highway Safety won't register the scooter, which means you can't ride on public roads of streets.

In a recent Florida attorney general opinion, Charlie Crist says in light of the lack of consistency in the way these issues are treated in Florida statutes, he would suggest that the legislature re-examine this area of the law.

Luckily for Justin, the motorized scooter was too big a traffic deputy with the Leon County Sheriff's Office says kids can ride them on private property or in their yards, but everyone we spoke to hopes the legislature will take up this issue in legislation.

A deputy with the sheriff's office says kids can be fined for riding in the streets. It's a non-moving violation and can be cited up to $63.


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