In hopes of preventing accidents and injuries to e-scooter riders and keeping pedestrians safe, the Key Biscayne Police Department has begun ramping up law enforcement along with a new campaign to scooter safety called Scoot Safe.
“We communicate the do’s and don’ts of scooter riding to children, but also to their parents – so no one is surprised as we enforce the fines and penalties that come with breaking the law. law,” Police Chief Frank Sousa said.
Some of the fines include:
– No helmet for any pilot or passenger under 16: $77.50
– Equipment violations, i.e. no lights at night: $77.50
– Moving offences: $179
“The fines are not small when you add state and county fees,” Sousa said when he presented the new campaign at a recent village council meeting.
Vice Mayor Brett Moss, speaking at the meeting, said he shared his fellow council members’ concerns that potential tragedy from simple misbehavior on scooters could be looming.
“If everyone follows the rules, usually it goes well,” he said. “I’m all for hitting the parents (with these fines).”
The Key Biscayne Police Department works in partnership with Fire Rescue and Parks & Recreation, and the task force works with summer camps, businesses, and athletic trainers to educate young people on how to use electric scooters safely within the guidelines established by Florida law. .
“We’ve worked with campers at the Key Biscayne Community Center before and they were very enthusiastic about our presentation,” Sousa said. “At the end of the day, we shared flyers with parents and encouraged families to continue the conversation at home, as well as with their friends and neighbours.”
A scooter education and safety awareness campaign should be introduced at the Key Biscayne K-8 school at the start of the first semester.
“I know your officers will get the message across in a kind and effective way,” council member Allison McCormick said at the recent village council meeting. “These kids need to know that the next step, these (scooters) will be banned. They need to know, ‘You have to do this or you won’t be able to ride them anymore’.”
Additionally, the first Adult Scooter Safety Class will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Police Department’s Community Hall, a session for parents and adult scooter riders to learn about laws and penalties.
On July 4, police and fire departments held an open house at the Key Biscayne Fire Station to provide educational materials, safety tips and helmets to children.
City officials are also looking for areas to build corral areas in designated areas of the Village Green and other open spaces to provide plenty of places to park scooters.
“I’m very committed to this campaign,” Sousa said.