TULSA, Okla. — Electric scooters have taken over Tulsa in the six months since they’ve been introduced.
Doctors at Hillcrest Medical Center said they’ve seen a steady stream of patients with scooter-related injuries.
Less than 1% of riders were wearing a helmet, according to the study.
Last month in Tulsa, a 5-year-old boy was killed in a scooter-related accident. Police said he was riding with his mother, fell off and was hit by a car.
Since that crash, Tulsa leaders and the city’s legal team have worked to increase scooter regulations to help avoid another tragedy. Ideas include a minimum age requirement of 16 and clarifying where the scooters can be used.
Despite the incidents, city officials said the scooters have been a benefit to Tulsa with 70,000 riders so far.
Experts said that while the scooters can be dangerous, following simple rules set by the app and the rules of the road will help keep riders safe.
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