Bill Would Ban Pocket Bikes on Public Property

Bill Would Ban Pocket Bikes on Public Property

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A bill prohibiting residents from operating "pocket bikes," or mini motorcycles, on public property in the state of Utah has been advanced to the full House.

The House Political Subdivisions Committee advanced the bill from Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden, on Wednesday.

"We're having quite a problem with these pocket bikes," said South Ogden Police Chief Val Shupe, president of the Chiefs of Police Association. "They can't be registered in the state of Utah, yet they are going on our streets."

The bill only addresses the bike on public property, and does not prohibit them from private property.

The bill also would set age limits for youngsters riding motor scooters at 8 years old and require direct parental supervision for those up to 15 years old.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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