WEB EXTRA: New TN scooter law bans drinking while riding

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – If you’re getting on a scooter downtown soon, make sure you’re not drinking and scooting. Starting next month, it will be illegal in Tennessee, and you could be charged with a DUI.

“Scooters can be dangerous in themselves, even if you’re not drunk,” said Memphis resident Tanya Stevenson. “So, somebody drunk probably has no business riding a scooter.”

Tanya Stevenson works for the Bird and Lime scooter companies, charging and putting out the scooters for riders daily. She’s unsure about the new law.

“I’m on the fence, people are out having a good time,” said Stevenson. 

“Well that’s good. Because when they’re drunk just like in the car, they’re a menace,” said Jason Datton. “Now to the property of the Birds, they’re a menace to people walking on the street. They’re a menace to people in their vehicles. If these guys here crash into your car, there’s no insurance. Bird’s not responsible and the person will be like ‘urgh.’”

“I think that’s really good, because if you’re operating any kind of motorized vehicle in any capacity I think it’s important that you have to be held accountable for your actions and I don’t believe you should be any kind of intoxicated with these especially with cars out,” said scooter rider Skylar Boatch.

The new Tennessee law takes effect July 1.

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