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TPD warns against drinking and riding E-scooters

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 14:44:25-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — We set out to see just how many DUI's were given out for the first weekend with Electronic Scooters around town.

Contrary to the tweets and what people think they saw, there hasn't been a single E-Scooter DUI yet. But that doesn't mean people haven't seen the drinking and scooter riding around town.

"On the weekends, people are having a good time. Going to happy hour, coming out and hopping on a scooter," said Joey Kemble, Coosh's Manager.

Since the launch of e-scooters last week, he says he has seen people hopping on the two wheels after a round of drinks at the bar. So we asked Kemble if he expected it.

"Absolutely. I did. There's no way around it," said Kemble.

Tallahassee Police say they haven't issued any DUI's for scooter riding under the influence.

TPD wants people to remember that there are laws regarding the new fad around town.

"Anyone riding an e-scooter can be charged with a DUI," said TPD Officer Damon Miller. "They have to abide by the same rules bicyclists abide by."

That means you can ride in the road, bikes lanes and sidewalks.

And for scooter accidents, TPD will respond if a car is involved or if you're seriously hurt.

One week in but there's still a lot to learn as the Capitol City embarks on the new adventure.

"I think the newness is something people don't understand yet," said Kemble.

Officer Miller also tells us that TPD is getting a lot of calls about the scooters being left on private property.

But to best handle that issue, you should call 891-RIDE or the number to the company that's provided on the scooter.