Senators hear testimony on mo-ped safety

Friends of a young Iowa woman killed in a mo-ped accident are urging lawmakers to approve a law requiring helmets for underage mo-ped drivers.

College students Leah Murray and Olivia Lofgren testified before a state Senate subcommittee Thursday on behalf of legislation to require helmets for mo-ped drivers under 18. Both say they want to prevent an accident like the one that killed their friend Caroline Found in 2011.

Found died after she lost control of her mo-ped and hit a tree. The 17-year-old from Iowa City was not wearing a helmet.

The subcommittee approved the legislation, which now gets committee review. Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom called the approval a victory. But he noted the measure will have a tough road, given the Legislature's reticence to approve helmet laws.