Moped fatalities on the rise in South Carolina

According to recent numbers from South Carolina Highway Patrol, there has been a 54 percent increase in moped fatalities throughout the state, as well as an increase in traffic tickets issued to moped drivers.

Otis Bostic of Myrtle Beach has been driving a moped as his main form of transportation for the past five months. He said the key to avoiding becoming part of that statistic is to follow proper moped safety.

"Just pay attention to what's in front of you. You know, check your mirrors and just always have your hand ready to hit the brakes," Bostic said.

The recent news about mopeds didn't come as a surprise to Bostic, based on the way he sees people drive mopeds on the roads.

"I mean, you get some that they're excited about riding, so you know, they get a little careless," Bostic said.

Moped drivers along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach agree with Bostic, but said cars can be just as careless on the roads towards moped drivers.

"They just don't pay attention. They don't know what they're doing. They have no clue," Nate Dinucci of Massachusetts said.

"Mopeds are so small and they only go so fast, and other cars want to get around them and take off," Robert Taylor of South Carolina said.

In South Carolina, drivers of mopeds must not exceed 25 miles per hour on the road and must have a valid driver's license.

Click here to learn more about moped laws in South Carolina.