A warning has been issued by Nottinghamshire Police urging drunk people not to ride on e-scooters after a hockey player was arrested for being over the alcohol limit.
Two people were pulled over on the morning of March 7, 2021 after police noticed two yellow electric scooters being ridden erratically.
One of the riders, William Gibson, 19, of Harrington Drive, Lenton, gave a positive breath test.
After being arrested and taken to Bridewell police station, he gave a second breath test which showed he had 72 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than twice the legal limit.
At Nottingham Magistrates’ Court Gibson was banned from driving for 18 months. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and court costs of £85.
Warnings have now been issued by both Nottinghamshire Police and Wind Mobility, the company that makes the e-scooters.
A spokesperson for Wind Mobility said: “Wind Mobility has a zero-tolerance policy for drunk riding and will immediately suspend the account if a user is reported for drunk riding.
“We will also report the user to the police and want to warn our users that drunk riding an e-scooter can have serious consequences for their driving licence as the licences are linked to each user’s Wind account.”
The warning from Nottinghamshire Police came from Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Paul Gummer, who said: “An e-scooter is classed as a motor vehicle and as such, driving one while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an offence.
“The message is clear – do not drive an e-scooter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is illegal, reckless and unsafe.”
Fellow Neighbourhood Policing Inspector James Walker gave a warning about the legality of e-scooters. He said: “It is against the law to ride privately owned electric scooters on public roads.
“Where appropriate officers will seize, and have seized, vehicles that have been driven or ridden illegally or consistently in an anti-social manner. Officers also try to educate those involved around the law and the dangers surrounding the use of these vehicles.”