City Council wants injury data to help strengthen scooter regulations

Atlanta City Councilmember Dustin Hillis introduced a resolution at this week’s meeting which would request scooter-related injury data on a quarterly basis from hospitals, urgent care facilities, and other healthcare providers.

The move comes as hundreds of injuries have been reported by people using the various dockless scooters offered by Bird, Lime, Lyft and Uber. The council recently approved a set of regulations to control the proliferation of the electric scooters that have crowded Intown sidewalks.

The new  legislation was drafted by Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore in response to continuing safety concerns expressed by members of the public. “Since scooters were introduced into Atlanta’s landscape, members of the public and media have expressed concern regarding the safety of these devices,” Moore said. “Empirical data from healthcare providers would better position us to ensure that scooters are not just an innovative transportation solution, but a safe one as well.”

“As a critical care nurse, it is important to me that our city be able to monitor the injury data regarding this new mode of transportation. As we gather this data, it will inform possible future legislative actions to further regulate the devices in the interest of public safety,”  Hillis said.

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