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Salt Lake Council Prohibits "Pocket Bikes"

Salt Lake Council Prohibits "Pocket Bikes"

Posted - Nov. 17, 2004 at 8:43 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Salt Lake County Council has put the brakes on mini-motorcycles.

The council voted unanimously last night to keep the low-profile motorized vehicles from public roadways in the unincorporated county.

So far, Layton, Centerville and Kaysville have passed similar restrictions.

The so-called "pocket bikes" are designed to go between 25 and 40 miles an hour, although they can reach 60 with minor adjustments.

Officials say they're a road hazard because they are so low to the ground and drivers can't see them.

The ordinance classifies pocket bikes fewer less than 36 inches in height with regular motorcycles, making them subject to the same safety features.

Violations are a class C misdemeanor.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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