GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – We’ve all witnessed it, cars passing mopeds because they’re going too slow. Scooter driver, Daniel Wins says he sees it firsthand every day which puts him on the edge of his seat.
Scooter driver, Daniel Wins said he sees it firsthand every day, which puts him on the edge of his seat.
“They’ll just cross that double yellow line and whiz on by you and I’ll say I don’t care because I can’t compete with you,” Wins said. He loves feeling the wind hitting his face and only paying three dollars a week for gas, but he said driving a moped does have some downfalls.
He said close calls or accidents happen almost daily, “I pulled over and I was looking at my rearview mirror, and, of course, they started honking and I go, ‘Whoa, go, don’t do that again. Go like this.”
Drivers 9 On Your Side talked to said it’s hard not to fly by mopeds when they can only reach speeds of 35 miles per hour.
Taylor Ludwig said, “Some of us have road rage in us and Greenville traffic is pretty difficult as it is and if you’re in a hurry trying to get somewhere and someone is going 15 miles an hour and you’re running late, it’s frustrating.”
Highway Patrol says it’s against the law to pass a scooter on double yellow lines or in a turn lane. Trooper Doug Coley said it’s your responsibility to pay attention to the road, “Take a second look before changing lanes or making left turns pulling out from intersections because more people are out from the warmer weather.”
Wins said he’s been riding his scooter since 2003 and nothing is going to stop him now, even all the close calls.