Scooter Scrutiny: Dallas Police Ramp Up Enforcement on Riders

Dallas police say they want to put a stop to the city's freewheeling scooter culture.City ordinances dictate where and how motorized scooters, which the City Council legalized last year, can be used, but police have rarely enforced the rules.Before the council considers creating new restrictions on the ubiquitous scooters, Deputy Chief Thomas Castro said Wednesday that officers began to enforce the rules already on the books. And Castro said police will continue to issue citations to those who ride the motorized rental scooters on the sidewalks in forbidden areas — in and around downtown and on trails — or disobey traffic laws."We feel that we've educated our riders and given them ample time to get familiar with our laws and what's expected of them," Castro said outside a 7-Eleven in Deep Ellum. "Now we're at a point where we're going to take enforcement so we don't have these injuries to anybody."Castro said police, up until now, gave verbal warnings but no citations to educate scooter riders about the law.  Continue reading...

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