Many adults who ride scooters assert that helmets do not necessarily increase safety, especially when riders interpret the helmet – which is only a safety measure – as an overall safety cushion and protection guarantee. This leads to increasingly risky behaviors while riding that consequently injure the riders, regardless of helmet use. Opponents of the [...]
Advocates of using electric scooters as a mode of transportation note that the previous law did not necessarily encourage helmet use, but rather the law, in effect, discouraged many riders from using motorized scooters to travel merely because they did not have a helmet with them. Ride-sharing electric scooters, such as those from Bird and [...]
The new law signed into effect by Governor Jerry Brown, California AB 2989, which was signed into law last year, and went into effect January 1st, 2019, states that individuals under the age of 18 must wear a helmet on all motorized vehicles, including electric scooters of any type. The new law now no longer [...]
California’s previous helmet laws held that all riders – even adult riders – were required to wear a properly fastened and fitting helmet to prevent injury while riding electric scooters. It should be mentioned that this law applied only to motorized scooters, not manually-powered scooters. Any motor scooter operator that was found not wearing [...]
Head trauma tops the list of severe injuries involving the use of electric scooters — injuries that in many cases could have been prevented with the use of a helmet, according to an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Austin public health department. Almost half of the riders identified in [...]
One major concern for consumer drone use is the potential for operators to pilot drones into occupied airspace. In Washington, a news helicopter was covering a fire when the pilot noticed a drone flying too close for comfort. Nothing happened in this particular incident, but the FAA said it receives 25 reports a month of [...]
What started out as goofy holiday promotion ended terribly when a drone crashed into the face of Brooklyn Daily photographer Georgine Benvenuto, clipping the end of her nose and cutting her chin. The drone was a promotion by TGI Fridays called "Mobile Mistletoe," and it carried mistletoe above diners prompting them to kiss.
A new study out of Southern California, where the things originated, is the first to quantify the damage. According to medical records from two UCLA hospitals in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, standing electric scooters have been associated with 249 emergency room visits between September 1, 2017 and and the end of August 2018. The list [...]
Public officials have used safety concerns as a reason to ban the little dockless vehicles (as in Seattle). And in Baltimore, where a scooter pilot began in August 2018, safety was cited as a main driver behind a proposal to jail scooter users who exceed a 15-mph speed limit or ride on the sidewalk (the city quickly amended the [...]
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