Kyah Jordan, 20, has become the first person in the UK to be found guilty of drunk driving while using an electric scooter. She was found guilty of the act by the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court and is banned from driving for two years.
In December 2020, Jordan was arrested after running a red light and almost crashing into an unmarked police car. She had been drinking double shots of rum before riding the e-scooter through Newport on the Isle of Wight.
According to BBC, Jordan, of Herbert Road, had been drinking with friends before they picked up publically available e-scooters from a nearby supermarket. It was approximately 10:30 p.m. when officers in an unmarked police car noticed Jordan.
After the incident, police said the driver of their vehicle would have been injured if there had been a crash. Officers chased the electric scooter on foot. Once they stopped Jordan, they breathalyzed her and determined she was nearly three times the legal alcohol limit.
The attorney defending Jordan claims she could not have posed a danger to anyone because she was traveling slowly on the scooter, which was limited to 12.5 mph. According to Jordan, she did not recall a near-miss, but she did admit to being “naïve” to use the vehicle.
The judge presiding over the case said the e-scooter was classed as a “motor vehicle, the same as a moped, the same as a bus.” Because of that, Jordan is banned from driving for two years. In addition to that, she was given a community order of 12 months and ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.
The electric scooter Jordan rented was from the company Beryl. The devices were introduced in December at the start of a 12-month trial. Twenty-five scooters were initially available. The company plans to add an additional 125. Residents who wish to use the e-scooters need to download the app and upload their driver’s license details.
When e-scooter riders are negligent, they are putting others at risk. Why the situation discussed above did not result in any harm to anyone, it easily could have. In the event you’re involved in an accident with an e-scooter rider and you believe their actions contributed to what happened, you may be able to pursue a claim to seek compensation for your losses. To learn more, contact the lawyers at the Rideshare Law Group.