Scooters No Longer Child's Play

Two New Jersey community police departments enforce different policies on the gas- and battery-powered vehicles.

Published: 15-Jan-2004

PLAINSBORO -- A scooter ride down this township's streets or sidewalks could land your children in traffic court -- or even delay when they can get their driver's license.

It may seem like a high price to pay for a toy. But legislators and police officials argue the popular motor scooters and motorized skateboards aren't toys because gas-powered engines propel them up to 30 mph.

Some of the scooters sold in stores require riders to stand up. Others look like miniature versions of motorcycles, complete with side mirrors, a headlight and seat. They can cost up to several hundred dollars, depending on the style.

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