Rising Moped Accidents Lead To Scrutiny of Town Regulations: Family Speaks Out

Four weeks after her younger sister was killed in a moped accident in Oak Bluffs, Christina Dunnet Davis is vowing to join any campaign that will rid the Vineyard of mopeds.

Two Crashes Hospitalize Riders

Operators of rented mopeds suffered two serious accidents this week on the same stretch of Seaview avenue near Lola's Restaurant in Oak Bluffs. In both accidents, moped operators lost control, crossed the center line and crashed into oncoming auto traffic.

Moped Safety Debated

Moped Safety Debated

By COLE LOUISON

A forum at the Oak Bluffs School last night began with the findings of a recent study on two-wheeled vehicles and ended in a lengthy dialogue about the history, safety and future of mopeds on the Island.

Dr. Alan Hirshberg's year-long study of accidents involving mopeds, bicycles and motorcycles found that most moped accident victims are daytrippers to the Island who have received under seven minutes of training.

Selectmen Support Tough Moped Laws

Selectmen Support Tough Moped Laws

All-Island Selectmen Association Hears Emotional Appeal
To Pressure Boston to End Carnage on Island Roads

By JOSHUA SABATINI

After listening to a presentation by Sam Feldman of the Mopeds Are Dangerous Committee, the All-Island Selectmen Association unanimously decided to support legislation that would require a motorcycle license to rent a moped.

Oak Bluffs Leaders Back Moped Laws

Convinced there's no way to make rental mopeds safe on the Vineyard, Oak Bluffs selectmen this week threw their support behind proposed state legislation that would require anyone renting a moped to have a motorcycle license.

Seven Owners Control Mopeds

There's money to be made in moped rentals on Martha's Vineyard, but just a handful of people are counting the cash - seven shop owners and four landlords, to be exact.

Town Leaders Wrestle with Mopeds

Promising to show moped dealers no mercy this summer, Oak Bluffs selectmen have begun to toughen up moped bylaws, adding new language that will increase licensing fees, set higher penalties for violations and establish a minimum height limit for child passengers.

Moped Crash Tells Sad Tale Months Later: Wife of Victim Recounts Nightmare

Moped dealers like to look at the numbers this way: Of the thousands of people who rent mopeds every season, only a few end up crashing.

Hospital Reports Decline in Moped Accidents; Fewer Vendors, Tighter Laws Explain Trend

Oak Bluffs had fewer mopeds and fewer dealers renting them this year. Now the hospital is reporting fewer people ending up in the emergency room after crashing a moped.

Oak Bluffs Leaders Ask for Moped Cuts

Voters in Oak Bluffs could put a significant dent in the number of mopeds rented in their town if they back a tough proposal put forth by selectmen. At a special town meeting on June 18, residents will be asked to approve a bylaw that would cut down the number of moped dealer licenses issued each year from seven to five.

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