Md. moped helmet law to take effect

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      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland mo-ped riders will have to wear helmets and eye protection beginning Monday.

      The new law also requires that motor scooters and mo-peds be titled and insured.

      And scooter drivers must also have either a valid driver's license or a mo-ped/scooter permit.

      Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration spokeswoman Caryn Coyle says that means anyone with a suspended or revoked driver's license is breaking the law if they ride a scooter.

      The spokeswoman says those caught without helmets, eye protection or a windscreen can be fined up to $500.

      Drivers of motor scooters and mo-peds are required to follow the same rules of the road as bicycles.

      Maryland has about 3,500 motor scooters.