UWO Police enforces moped laws

Katie Hanson

The University Police will enforce moped laws at UW Oshkosh during the last two weeks of the spring semester. UP Chief Joseph LeMire said there has been some informal complaints of mopeds being driven on the sidewalks, so citations will be issued to ensure the safety of students. “We realize this is graduation season, but we want to make sure everyone is safe for the end of the semester and leading into the fall semester,” LeMire said. According to LeMire, there are two moped laws that will be enforced: one that deals with where they are allowed to drive and one about students not being able to drive mopeds with passengers. The UW System Chapter 18.10 offenses against public safety rule states, “No person shall operate an unauthorized motor vehicle or motorized device, including motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters and self-balancing transportation devices, off designated roadways, paved or unpaved, or on service roads or pedestrian paths, regardless of the surface, on university lands.” LeMire said if the preceding law is violated, a citation for $263.50 will be issued. Wisconsin State Statute 364.595 motorcycles and mopeds, states, “No passenger may ride a Type 1 motorcycle who, when properly seated, cannot rest the feet on assigned foot rests or pegs.” According to the statute, no passenger may ride on a moped along with the driver. LeMire said the citation for this law has been raised to $200.50. LeMire said mopeds must be walked to the bike rack once they leave the road. He said anyone driving mopeds on the sidewalk will be issued a citation. According to LeMire, along with parking by the bike racks, each moped must have a parking pass. LeMire said the parking office offers passes for mopeds for $8 per semester or $15 per year. LeMire said the UP’s plan is to first notify the campus about the moped laws, and then begin to enforce them. “We don’t desire to write the citation,” LeMire said. “We want compliance for the safety of people.” LeMire said the UP wants people to be informed before the laws are enforced. According to LeMire, the main purpose of this campaign is the safety of people walking on campus. “We aren’t starting this campaign to write tickets, but more for education and safety,” LeMire said. UWO student Luke Wagner said he has noticed people breaking this law on campus and he thinks enforcing the laws will help prevent future safety hazards. “I’ve seen, multiple times ,people driving on the sidewalks and have more than one person on them,” Wagner said. “I think enforcing those rules will stop people from doing it.” UWO sophomore and moped driver Aaron Olivas said students shouldn’t be driving on the sidewalks in the first place, but he doesn’t agree with the parking passes. “It’s dumb, though, if you need to get a pass even if you live off campus and just need a place to park,” Olivas said.