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Tallahassee e-scooters continue to draw safety concerns

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 18:16:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Just five days into the e-scooter pilot program in Tallahassee and scooters are already going where they shouldn't and people are sharing pictures of gnarly injuries on social media.

E-Scooters are all over the Capital City. They're even reaching areas where they're not supposed to be: University campuses.

One of the scooter companies, Lime, has temporarily suspended its service after the company had problems with the "geofencing," which is an electronic wall that’s supposed to stop people from using the scooters where they don't belong.

The FSU Police Chief says the problem is that this has happened with every single one of the scooter companies so far this week.

That's not the only problem we're hearing about. We're also hearing about safety issues.

One woman posted a picture of her getting pretty banged up on her knees and arms online .

We spoke to some users who say, as much as they enjoy riding, they can definitely see some things go wrong if you're not careful, drinking, or simply not caring.

"Let's say if you're not paying attention to the road because you're trying to Snapchat," said Janine Feliciano. "And you have to keep a really good balance because if not, you're kind of at risk of getting hurt."

WTXL also caught up with the spokesperson for Veoride scooters, who says the majority of the response has been positive. But, he's also seen some risky behavior like people riding while using their phones and trying to use two scooters at the same time.

"Doubling up, going slow, maybe taking selfies. and stuff like that but it's been few and far between," said Andrew Miles, the Veoride Southeast Regional Manager. "We tell them, 'Hey, you're not supposed to do that. You can get in trouble for it.' And they say they didn't know."

We also checked in with the city of Tallahassee. They say there have been no serious injuries reported from the scooters. The city's helpline received five calls but none that had to do with safety.

A Tampa man is facing a $100,000 hospital bill after crashing on a Bird e-scooter just a couple weeks ago. That's another brand being tried out here in town. To read that full story, click here.