On Tuesday morning, we talked with the Wisconsin State Patrol about what is legal…and what isn’t.
Q. I'm attending UWEC in the fall and would like to use my moped to give roommates rides to and from school. Legal, or not?
A. Not legal. Mopeds are a great transportation alternative and are designed to transport only the operator. The moped must be registered and the operator is required to have a valid driver's license (Class D). Although not required, enhancing operator safety by wearing a helmet, glasses and daytime use of a headlamp is always recommended.
Q. My 16 year old daughter was told get as close as possible to the vehicle in front of her at a stop lights/stop signs. Is this legal, or not?
A. The issue is safety. Not leaving adequate spacing between slowing or stopped vehicles - at least a couple of car lengths - can result in additional damage and possible injury if rear-ended. Like the following statute, reasonable and prudent distancing is not only recommended, it's required.
Q. Is it legal to walk along a roadway when no sidewalk exists?
A. Yes, provided that you are not on the roadway and are walking against traffic. Being aware of traffic around you, wearing bright colored clothing and not entering traffic lanes can reduce opportunities for conflict and injuries.