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Accident spurs anti-moped protest
Sunday's accident was the first moped fatality since July 2001, when Katharine Fraser Dunnet Miller, a 30-year-old Alexandria, Va. woman lost control of her moped while rounding a turn on Beach Road in Oak Bluffs.
Daniel Cuff and a group of friends held an impromptu demonstration Tuesday in Oak Bluffs, handing bus schedules to passengers exiting the Island Queen ferry and encouraging them not to rent mopeds. Photos by Susan Safford
"Something needs to be done," said Ms. Bouchard, an Oak Bluffs resident. "The roads on Martha's Vineyard are just not safe enough for this kind of traffic."
Ms. Bouchard and her son, who she said was deeply affected by the accident, held a demonstration Tuesday near the Island Queen Ferry in Oak Bluffs. Daniel, who is going into his sophomore year at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, and a group of about 20 teenagers held signs reading "Mopeds Kill" and "Honk for No Mopeds," and handed out bus schedules to people exiting the ferry.
"I needed to feel like we did something, and I think raising public awareness is all you can do right now," Ms. Bouchard said yesterday.
While various groups have tried to raise awareness as to the dangers of mo- peds, scooters are still popular vehicles for tourists visiting the Island.
"[The crash] was the most horrifying thing I've ever seen," Daniel said Tuesday at the demonstration. "I wanted to do something to bring attention to the fact of how dangerous they are." He added that moped dealers don't give enough instruction concerning moped safety.