I was going for a test run around the block on my Hobbit. As I leave my neighborhood, I spotted a County PD SUV coming up the street about a mile back. No worries I thought, I'm riding legal. I turn left and I get to the next street and he catches up to me and as soon as I turn, he turns his lights on. I'm like WTF, Tells me to pull into the next street. He asks for my papers and insurance. I give him my DL and registration and inform him that I'm riding a moped and insurance is not required. He then proceeds to tell me "Yes you do! If you do no want to use a helmet, you must carry $10,000 of PIP"
I was not wearing any head or eye gear. Goes on to say he's going to cut me some slack and only give me a $114 ticket for failure to have eye protection under statue 316.211
Keep in mind the "writing" officer is a trainee and his partner is the trainer.
Anyways, My trial date is August 12th. It should be a very easy win. He failed to read the rest of the statue.
In case the Judge or City attorney or Cop tries the "local" regulations bs"
I'm ready for that too....... http://myfloridalegal.com/ago.nsf/Opinions/992253130997BEE6852565980058542F
I can also support my case with PRIOR case law if need be.
Appellate court found that the PD had no probable cause to detain a 49cc scooter rider for not having eye protection; as Florida LAW does not require it for 49cc mopeds, scooters etc.)
I'll report back with the conclusion.