From the moment I saw my first Lime scooter on a footpath in the Valley, I knew there would be hijinks. Two people trying to ride one scooter at a time. One person trying to ride two scooters at a time. People trying to do mad jumps with them. Skids. Races. Finding really steep hills to take them down. Drunk scootering. If you leave the population of Brisbane unsupervised with electric scooters that can go around 30km/h, things are going to happen to them (both the people and the scooters) and, sure enough, Queensland Police are making arrests on people (allegedly) scootering under the influence.
In a press release, Queensland Police said that they arrested a 43-year-old Newstead man on James Street on Saturday night for allegedly running a red light, riding on the road without a helmet, and (again, allegedly) blowing 0.174 percent on a breath test.
For a lot of people, getting on a Lime scooter might well seem like the safer, legal alternative to driving home but, as Queensland Police would like to remind people, drink driving laws apply to all personal mobility devices, including electric scooters.
If you’ve had a few too many to drink, you are probably better off not getting on or near roads on something that is liable to flick you into traffic if you make a wrong move. Also, for the love of god, don’t run red lights and always wear a helmet. Your hair will be fine.