Georgia Cities Continue Grappling with E-Scooter Risks, Regulations
GEORGIA – According to an online news report posted at gpbnews.org, city officials in Georgia are continuing to grapple with the risks and regulations surrounding electric dockless scooters. Since May, four people have died in scooter-related accidents in the state of Georgia, and concerns about the safety of the vehicles has prompted some cities to ban them.*
Scooter companies have been working to try to prove the safety of their vehicles to city officials in Georgia in an effort to avoid bans, but it hasn’t been effective everywhere. Several cities in the state have placed complete bans on e-scooters, including Alpharetta, Lilburn, Marietta, Norcross, and Smyrna. The cities took this large step out of concern that e-scooters were placing people at risk for serious injury. Some enacted a ban on the scooters so that regulations could precede their arrival, rather than the other way around.
“Safety is a major concern along with making sure that should the transportation and recreation dynamic within Smyrna change enough for these rented devices to be a viable and safe regulated transportation option, the introduction of shared scooter businesses needs to be regulated with careful consideration before introduction into the community,” said Smyrna Community Relations Director Jennifer Bennett.
In lieu of a complete ban on the vehicles, other cities have proposed or passed regulations in an effort to keep people safe. Some of these regulations include speed limits for the scooters, sidewalk restrictions, and limits on the number of scooters in the city at one time.
In August, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom ordered a time restriction on scooters. Inside the city, people are not allowed to ride e-scooters from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Bottoms said that she instituted the “No Ride Zone” because the fatal scooter accidents that had occurred in Atlanta had happened at night.
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