Controversy over Archbold man's use of motorized scooter

Archbold resident Mark Miller gets around with the help of his motorized scooter.

A controversy is brewing in the village of Archbold. At issue, a motorized scooter.

Last week, a man was ticketed by police for using the scooter on the sidewalk, and now the man and his wife plan to fight it in court.

Archbold resident Mark Miller gets around with the help of his motorized scooter. "I do shopping locally here. I watch ball games in our back yard where I take the park sidewalk, if I could."

But he can't do those things anymore using this device.

Last week, Archbold police gave him a ticket for using his motorized scooter on a sidewalk.

The problem is that it can move at 18-miles per hour, ten miles over the limit set by the village.

"Just because it's capable of doing 18-miles an hour, it would never do that with me," Miller said. Due to nerve sensitivity caused by a neurological disorder, the fastest Miller will go is 6-miles per hour.

According to the Ohio revised code, "motorized wheelchair" means any self-propelled vehicle designed for, and used by, a person with a disability and that is incapable of a speed in excess of eight miles per hour."

Miller says he sees some contradictions with the law. "There's people that ride bikes on the side walk, which they're allowed to, but, there's some people that ride bikes way faster than 18."

"You need to be able to get around. You know, you don't realize what you lost, until you can't," said Markâ??s wife, Patricia Miller.

Mark and his wife have decided to fight the ticket for a simple reason.

"We just want to be mobile."

A pre-trial hearing has been set for August 15.

Meanwhile, the Millersâ?? are hoping this incident can be resolved. They want a solution not just for themselves, but for anyone who may have to use a motorized scooter.