Abilene police cracking down on scooter riders who break traffic laws


The Abilene Police Department is cracking down on scooter riders who break traffic laws.

Thanks to companies like Bird, the motor-assisted scooters have become popular around town as a convenient and quicker way from point a to b.

But people who ride them do not always obey the traffic laws.

Abilene police said under Section 551.351/.352 of the Texas Transportation Code, these scooters:

  • can only be operated on a street for which the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less
  • may cross a street at an intersection where the street has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour
  • cannot be driven on sidewalks
  • cannot be parked on a sidewalk blocking the walking path

Operators must abide by all traffic laws including direction signs, pedestrian right-of-ways, and signaling for turns.

"Scooter riders who fail to obey traffic laws pose a public safety risk to themselves and others," said Abilene police. " Consequently, Abilene officers may issue citations for violations."

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