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The death of a 6-year-old San Juan Capistrano boy who apparently crashed while riding a motorized scooter is a tragic reminder that children may be ill-prepared to handle such devices, authorities said Thursday. "There is a significant danger factor with these things," said Steve Doan, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "In the hands of someone that does not know how to drive one, it can be very dangerous." A state law that took effect Jan.
November 10, 2005 | Elizabeth Segal, Special to The Times
HILLIARD "HILLDOG" GUESS cuts a striking figure in his skinny black-and-white tie, gray Dickies and chunky Doc Martens, revving up his ride -- a yellow 1962 Vespa VBB 150 scooter, or "sko'ta," as he calls it, with a Union Jack on the side and a set of 10 rearview mirrors. "I've always had a sense of style," he says. "I never ride without looking sharp."
November 30, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
You may want to think again about sipping that third glass of wine or putting an electric scooter under the tree this year. California lawmakers have passed more than 150 changes to the vehicle code, some of which are designed to toughen drunk driving regulations, clean the air, prompt drivers to pay better attention to traffic signs and limit the use of motorized scooters. Most of the changes take effect Jan. 1.
October 1, 1987
Everyone knows the brutal efficiency of Los Angeles parking control personnel. We live in a crowded city and we cannot allow cars to park at whim. But what about motorcycles, and in particular, scooters? Believe it or not, those pesky scooters help this city's traffic problem more than all the traffic cops and ticket givers combined. Scooters don't block intersections, clog the freeways or cut people off (that would be pure folly!). How is it, then, that I have gotten several tickets for sliding into a legal parking spot (with money in the meter)
September 21, 1986 | Associated Press
Jim McMahon, the punky Bear quarterback with the funky shades, is being paid handsomely these days as a pitchman. McMahon earned about $2 million this year as a product spokesman for scooters, sunglasses, soft drinks and tacos, his agent Stephen Zucker said. "Jim McMahon has a reputation as saying what's on his mind and not mincing words, so he's not phony in any way.
November 17, 2005
I read your interesting article on scooters ["Born to Be Styled," Nov. 10], particularly the Vespa brand. For some reason, scooters are synonymous with Vespa. I have been riding a Vespa for the last 35 years and I own a 1973 model. My children grew up riding this vehicle and, well, they are in your wonderful country today. The vehicle is simple, easy to ride and maneuver in Bangalore's crazy traffic. It is easy to park and get about your work without hunting for parking places. Finally, from a mileage and mechanical point of view, it is very reliable.
May 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
ZAP, a maker of battery-powered scooters and motorcycles that wants to sell electric autos, named its largest shareholder, Eqbal Yousuf, as chairman. Yousuf on June 2 will replace Chairman Gary Starr, who co-founded ZAP in 1994, the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based company said. The investor is president of Yousuf Group, a Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based company that includes auto retailing and rentals among its businesses.
May 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police officers assigned to parks and beaches for the summer will get around on Segways, the motorized scooters once described as the first great invention of the 21st century. Patrol officers earlier used the two-wheeled vehicles in Central and Prospect parks on a trial basis, but they were recalled because they tended to fall over when the battery ran low. The problem has been fixed, and now the New York Police Department has spent $53,000 to buy 10 for use beginning today.
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