Dozens of people were spoken to and one person was arrested and charged as part of a day of action on e-scooters in Wisbech.
Officers were out and about in the town centre and spoke to 18 people, gave out seven leaflets, gave advice to seven people and even arrested one person on an e-scooter who registered 72 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35. The 56-year-old was charged with drink driving and no insurance and is due to appear before Peterborough Magistrates on July 5.
The day of action last Monday (7) follows numerous calls and messages from members of the public over the past few weeks specifically about e-scooters.
Reports have included e-scooters being ridden dangerously, infringing road safety, and being used by drug dealers.
Police can issue a warning to those riding an e-scooter in an anti-social manner and can seize the scooter if it is ignored.
Sergeant David Arnold said: “As a neighbourhood team we tackle the issues the local community feel most strongly about and over the past few weeks we have received a lot of calls and messages around the increased use of e-scooters.
“It is important people abide by the law around use of electric scooters. They are only legal to ride on private land with the landowner’s permission or as part of a government trial. Penalties for riding them in public can result in penalty points, a fine and the vehicle being seized.
“In busy areas, e-scooters can be highly dangerous, with many having a maximum speed of 15mph or over and those who knowingly and persistently break the law will be dealt with robustly.
“We would, therefore, urge anyone who is aware of the illegal use of an e-scooter or has been in a collision with one to contact police.”
A further three e-scooter riders were stopped on Tuesday (8). One was issued with a warning and two others, who were children, saw their parents called and given ‘words of advice.
Another user was stopped on Saturday (12) and given a warning for riding his scooter on West Street in Wisbech. Officers said he was allowed to carry his e-scooter home.
There are trials going on elsewhere within Cambridgeshire and the UK on the use of e-scooters but you have to hire the e-Scooter and at least have a provisional driving licence to use on the roads.