Oklahoma has long held a policy of allowing 14 year olds to become licensed motorcycle drivers. But after one reckless mother abused a scooter on Riverside expressway and watched her son die for her stupidity; the Tulsa City Council is preparing a draft ordinance to ban anyone under 16 (or possibly 18), from riding a scooter. Some say that only battery powered scooters will be affected.
It's yet another knee-jerk reaction to a highly publicized tragedy. The mother who was giving her 5 year old son a ride on the fateful night would still be allowed to give more kids a ride, since it would still be under an 'adult' control.
This is just another way that Oklahoma policymakers pick on children. In the past 15 years, the state legislature has piled on ridiculous unrelated requirements on children, when it comes to transportation issues.
Currently a spanish reading teenager must show that he can read at a high school level in order to get a drivers license. But that rule has nothing to do with demonstrating motor skills needed to drive safely.
At the same time, elderly drivers get free license renewals even when they are senile.
Why... Pandering to voters and lobbyists like AAA & insurance companies.
But Tulsa's city council isn't even using sensible reasoning on the scooter policy frenzy.