Scooting Under the Influence: Scottsdale’s new motorized scooter law

According to authorities in the City Scottsdale of Scottsdale Prosecutors Office, a city ordinance has been passed which criminalizes operating a motorized scooter while under the influence. This law will only affect individuals stopped in the city limits of Scottsdale Arizona.

In Los Angeles a similar ordinance was passed. The first person convicted was Nicholas Kauffroat. Kauffroath was riding an electric scooter on a sidewalk in Los Angeles with a blood alcohol level of 0.279 (over three times the legal limit) when he knocked down a pedestrian and left the scene. Nicholas becomes perhaps the country’s first scooting DUI arrest.

“Drinking while operating a vehicle, a bike — or a scooter — is not only illegal, but can lead to serious injury or worse,” according to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. “This conviction demonstrates our office’s continued effort to enforce our drunk driving laws and make our streets and sidewalks safer.”

Kauffroath pleaded no contest to one count of operating a motorized scooter while under the influence and one count of hit-and-run. As part of the plea, Kauffroath was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $550 fine, as well as restitution to the victim. He will also be required to complete a three-month DUI program, and stay off scooters while drinking.

If you have been arrested for any type of DUI or criminal offense please contact the experienced attorneys at Copper Star Law.

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