Last year the elected officials banned almost all types of beach shelters (except umbrellas) to help improve safety at the beach. This year an effort is being made to ban pier fishermen from tossing fish parts back into the ocean in an effort to improve beach safety. [Note: Myrtle Beach City Council declined to enact the pier law.]
Lets step back from the beach and start banning hazards on the roads so that beach community residents and tourists are safer. Yes, I suggest that the elected officials begin the process to ban mo-peds from all area roads where the speed limit is greater than 25 mph.
Mo-peds have no place of roadways where travel is 30 mph or greater. If you drive on U.S. 17, U.S. 501, S.C 544, S.C. 31 or other roadways, you most certainly have been slowed down or otherwise encountered a mo-ped a chugging along well below the speed limits. Simply stated, mopeds are unsafe on our higher speed roadways.
Banning mo-peds from certain roads may be an inconvenience for some. To those people I suggest you try the bus – RTA would enjoy you having you as a customer.
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I urge our elected officials to take on a true safety issue and begin working to get mo-peds off the roads.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach