May 02, 2024

Drunk Driving on E-Scooters: A Growing Threat on the Streets

E-scooter accidents are becoming a major cause for alarm, with a disturbing trend of riders operating under the influence of alcohol.

Statistics released by the Czech police reveal that a staggering 42% of e-scooter accidents in the past year involved riders who were intoxicated.

As Novinky.cz reports, last year alone saw 499 scooter-related traffic accidents, with 403 caused by the scooter rider. Tragically, four people lost their lives in these incidents. While this is the first year the police have separated scooter statistics, data from the Prague Emergency Medical Service paints a worrying picture of a rapidly escalating problem.

“In 2015, we responded to 30 cases of falls and injuries involving scooters. Last year, that number jumped to over 300,” stated Jana Poštová. “Almost no one wears helmets or protective gear, and alcohol use is extremely common among scooter riders,” she added.

Poštová emphasized that only the most severe cases reach emergency services, suggesting the true number of accidents is much higher.

“Ten of the 300 cases we treated required intensive care. The most common causes were alcohol intoxication, falls, head injuries, and abrasions. Even low-speed collisions can result in serious injuries, including fractures and life-threatening conditions,” she warned.

Children are particularly vulnerable, as helmets are only mandatory for scooter riders under 18.

“It’s an even bigger problem than bicycles,” said Michal Hodboď from the Traffic Police Service. “This is a number that demands our immediate attention.” Police will now be focusing their efforts on areas frequented by scooter riders.

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The rules for using an e-scooter in Prague
As an e-scooter driver, you follow the same traffic rules as cyclists. In addition, keep in mind the following conditions:

There is no minimum age for riding an e-scooter

    • The speed limit is set at 25 km/h;
    • Possession of a driving licence is not compulsory;
    • A helmet requirement applies to children up to 18 years of age;
    • Driving on the pavement is prohibited. Children up to 10 years old may ride on the pavement, but they must not get in the way of pedestrians when doing so;
    • There is an absolute ban on alcohol when riding an e-scooter.

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