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The moped loophole will be no more in South Carolina

For those accused of driving under the influence, there's been a long-standing loophole if they were caught driving a moped. The law made it so that people could be intoxicated and use a moped without penalty. Some people have been arrested for this, but a number of the cases have been thrown out.

However, a proposal was made and recently approved by the Senate in South Carolina to get rid of this loophole. The change is a minor one, simply stating that a moped counts as a motor vehicle, just like a car or a truck, and that drivers are therefore bound by the same DUI laws. This has not taken effect yet, but the change is on the horizon since the approval was given by vote.

One concern that has been brought up, however, is that some of the senators do not think that the law goes far enough in stating what is and is not a moped. They would like there to be more clarification, perhaps specifying the size of the vehicle's motor. They've also been asking for more information about the law and its application to other small vehicles.

It would be good to strictly define this, as the whole problem with the law in the first place is that mopeds were left out.

All people in South Carolina need to watch this bill as it moves forward to see if it is voted into law, as the change to the law could impact what rights people have and what action they can expect from the courts or law enforcement officials.

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