Recently, e-scooters, a new fad that makes city traveling easy, affordable and fun, have taken over Atlanta sidewalks and streets. Although these scooters seem harmless, one wrong movement can turn this fun ride into a nightmare.
In the past three months, Atlanta has had four e-scooter related fatalities including one just last week, making it the city with the highest number of these deaths in the United States. Although companies that provide e-scooters such as Byrd, Lime, Lyft and Bolt have been around since May 2018, the number of accidents has been increasing rapidly in recent months.
The first of the fatalities occurred in May, when Eric Amis, Jr. was killed by a speeding SUV, and since then protesters have been criticizing the city’s rules on the scooters, saying they are a “nuisance and public safety hazard.” After the fourth death, when Quineterry McGriff got hit by the driver of an oil truck, Atlanta Mayor ensured a temporary ban of scooters between the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Many are annoyed with the ban considering there are over 1,500 traffic deaths a year, a daunting number compared to the three scooter deaths, but no problem-solving for the motor vehicle accidents.
No clear solution to these fatalities has been presented yet, but it is clear something has to be done.