Pop star Shawn Mendes recently engaged in a minor accident with one of the dockless motorized scooters that have caught the attention of many, although he says he blames himself for the incident. Mendes was recently in Nashville for the taping of a “CMT Crossroads” concert special with Zac Brown Band and during the pre-show interview, he admitted to falling off the scooter [Source: Tennessean]. The 20-year-old singer told the news outlet that he made the mistake of looking behind him mid-ride and that is what led to the fall. However, instead of allowing his “guitar-playing hands” to take the brunt of the fall, he let his face. He suffered some minor cuts to his hands and face and was able to ride the scooter back to his hotel.
When Mendes was asked if he regretted taking the scooter for a ride, he said he didn’t and would even recommend to others to test out the new scooter that has sparked a lot of controversy in the city of Nashville. While Mendes seemed to have enjoyed his experience with the scooter despite the minor “spill” he took, others are convinced these scooters are going to lead to some serious problems. In fact, Lt. David Leavitt, who is a law enforcement officer for the City of Nashville stated that he believes these scooters are going to create a “major problem that [police officers are] going to have to deal with” [Source: Tennessean].
Leavitt says that people have been riding these scooters on sidewalks in the downtown area which are known to draw a lot of foot traffic, however, it is against the law for a rider to operate the electric scooter on a sidewalk. And despite the efforts lawmakers have put forth to ban the Bird scooter and the Lime scooters, after a new ordinance passed, they have reemerged, and police are worried they may lead to preventable accidents and will make an officer’s job more difficult to do.
When police are working to control traffic and pedestrians, especially during big events, they don’t exactly have the time to pull someone over who violates a scooter law to issue them a ticket. The Tennessean highlighted that while a company is subject to a $25 fine if the scooter is parked in the middle of a sidewalk, police simply won’t have the time to stop one scooter when busy handling other matters while several others ride by committing another violation.
While it seems as though police view these scooters as a burden and potential risk, the companies do provide their riders with safety precautions they can take along with a list of the rules they must adhere to. Still, these controversial scooters have many worried that they are going to do more harm than good which is why many other cities continue to work at getting them banned.
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