Ask Trooper Rob: Moped must follow rules of the roadPublished 8:19pm Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Q: With this summer -like weather recently, I’ve seen a few more mopeds traveling the roads.
Some of the drivers are wearing helmets and some are not. Can you clarify the law concerning mopeds for me, please?
— Kevin from Niles
A: If you are a moped operator, you must follow the same traffic rules as other motor vehicle operators. A moped is defined by law as a motor vehicle with two or three wheels that: 1) Produces 2.0 horsepower or less, 2) Has an engine that does not exceed 50 cc piston displacement, 3) Does not have a gearshift, and 4) Has a top speed of 30 mph or less on a level surface. Vehicles exceeding ANY of the above criteria must be registered and titled as a motorcycle. Mopeds must be registered at a Secretary of State office unless operated solely on private property. A three-year registration decal costs $15 and is displayed on the back of the moped so it is visible to law enforcement.
If you do not have a valid operator’s license and are at least 15 years old, you may apply for a moped license. You are not eligible for a moped license if your operator’s license is suspended, revoked or denied.
Troopers John Cain, 22, and Wayne Stevens had been chasing a suspected hit and run driver northbound on Telegraph Road on Nov. 26, 1941, when a southbound Ford coupe traveling at a high rate of speed suddenly swerved across the center line and struck the police car head on.
The Ford was driven by James Meredith, who was fleeing from the scene of an earlier accident in Wynadotte. Meredith died the next day.
About 5:30 p.m., Miss Francis Davids of Cleveland, Ohio, stopped at the Flat Rock Post, where Cain and Stevens were assigned, and reported the serious crash involving the marked patrol car, south of the Post.
Trooper Russell Moore responded and found Cain already dead and Stevens badly injured.
Stevens was transported to a Monroe hospital where he was treated and recovered. Stevens eventually retired as a captain after a full career in the MSP.
Cain was survived by his mother, four sisters, and four brothers, one of whom, Charles, served 14 years as a trooper.
Cain was buried in Alpena and was the 12th trooper killed in the line of duty after enlisting in the department on Dec. 14, 1940.
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