Block Island Times

Monitors hired to watch moped use

A coalition of the New Shoreham Police Department, the moped operators, and the Town Council have come up with some ideas on how to reduce the number of moped accidents, after hearing from members of the Fire Department and Rescue Squad that accident numbers had increased during the summer season.
Interim Town Manager Jim Kern addressed the recent actions taken to institute security monitors for the island moped operations.
Kern said that Councilor Sven Risom, Lt. Paul Deane, and moped operators Mike Finnimore and John Leone met at the end of July, which produced some results.
“We had a useful conversation and went over the immediate plan to use a security company funded by the moped operators that was started Saturday, Aug. 1,” said Kern at the council’s virtual meeting on Monday, Aug. 3.
Moped traffic going up High Street was “an area of concern,” said Kern, so it was decided that a monitor would be placed at the corner of High Street and Weldon’s Way. That activity began on Aug. 1, said Kern.
“[The security monitor] was stationed [on High Street on] Saturday, [Aug. 1], and most people considered it a good use of security. This weekend

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