Wednesday, November 14, 2012
College Scooters in College Park looks to continue business despite new scooter laws that increase costs for riders.
More than a month ago the state of Maryland passed a new set of laws intended to better regulate the safety of scooters and mopeds. While the laws provide for a safer riding experience, they also increase the financial burden on renters. College Scooters owner Navid Mazloom noticed a loss in sales in the aftermath of the new rules but doesn’t think it’s anything to worry about. “I feel like maybe things slowed down a bit because people think it’s a lot more serious than it actually is,” Mazloom said. “I think once people learn what’s involved with it there won’t be any long-term damage to sales. But right now I think people are confused about the law and that may be a reason for it slowing down a little bit.” College Scooters is the only …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Would police stop someone wearing John Lennon-style glasses?
Thursday, October 18, 2012
By Chris Leyden Capital News Service A new law requiring motor scooter and moped users to wear helmets and eye protection has riders confused as to what should be shielding their eyes. According to the law, riders who do not have a windscreen on their scooter or moped must have either a visor on their helmet or some other type of eye protection. Buel Young, a spokesman for Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration, said the department adopts the federal standards set forth by the Food and Drug Administration for eye-protection devices. The FDA standard says “eyeglasses and sunglasses must be fitted with impact-resistant lenses,” but it’s not always clear whether particular eyewear qualifies under the FDA’s detailed impact test. This means “…
Monday, October 3, 2011
Crime rates in all categories are falling, except for auto thefts, Maj. Hector Velez tells residents at Experience and Enjoy College Park.
After experiencing a 34-year low in crime in 2010, the rates continue to go down for all of District 1 this year, according to Maj. Hector Velez of the Prince George’s County Police. Crime is down in every category except for auto theft, he told a crowd of about 30 College Park residents at the Experience and Enjoy College Park gathering Friday. Since January, violent crime went down 11.3 percent, and property crime decreased 4.5 percent. The total crime rate in the district fell 5.8 percent, said Velez, the District 1 commander. “A lot of that comes from targeting those people who are repeat offenders,” he said. The rate of auto thefts in the district has spiked because of the number of scooters stolen this year, Velez said. “Stealing …