- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A moped safety bill is dead after the Senate failed to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto.

The House voted 69-33 to override the measure Wednesday, hours after a previous vote failed.

But the special session ended with Democratic Sen. Gerald Malloy blocking a vote in that chamber, which passed the bill 41-1 two weeks ago.

Haley’s veto said requiring reflective vests for nighttime driving and helmets for drivers under 21 represents government overreach.

The bill’s supporters contend moped drivers are dying because people can’t see them, especially at night, and the requirements save lives.

Republican Rep. Derham Cole says the bill closed a dangerous drunken driving loophole. Currently, moped drivers can’t be charged with DUI because state law specifically exempts mopeds from the definition of a motor vehicle.

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