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Wi: Rider doesn't yield, gets knocked out cold.

Postby Micronaut » Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:10 pm

http://badgerherald.com/news/2006/10/10 ... on_par.php

Police reported to the 200 block of North Park Street Monday morning when a moped driver collided with a car after failing to yield to oncoming traffic.

According to Howard Payne of the Madison Police Department, the moped driver, a 20-year-old male, was unconscious when police officers arrived at the scene and sustained head and leg injuries, neither of which are believed to be life-threatening.

The moped driver was traveling south on Park Street but did not yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn onto West Dayton Street, according to an MPD release. The moped driver was hit by the oncoming vehicle and then impacted the windshield of the car.

According to the release, the moped driver was at fault for the accident. No further information regarding the driver’s identity or medical information was available as of press time.

MPD Sgt. Sue Armagost said moped accidents are fairly common, especially on the UW campus. She also said drivers of any small vehicle — both mopeds and bicycles — should always be aware of their surroundings and drive with extra caution.

“Anybody driving something that small needs to really be mindful that mistakes are going to be very costly,” Armagost said. “They need to anticipate bad things are going to happen.”

And unlike motorcyclists, moped owners are not required to obtain a special license to ride in the streets. However, she added, drivers concerned with safety should participate in courses to ensure a better command for rules of the road.

“The unfortunate thing is, with a moped, you are not required to have a motorcycle license,” Armagost said. “One [safety] suggestion would be to look into a motorcycle safety course — the dynamics are very similar.”

Payne also said motorists should never underestimate the value of common sense and simple road safety.

“The Madison Police Department continues to alert all roadway operators to pay particular attention at busy intersections, and to use extra precautions when making decisions of crossing the pathway of oncoming vehicles,” he said in a release.
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