OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) For local leaders who will ultimately decide whether electric scooters should stay on the streets of Omaha, an accident involving a 9-year-old boy is adding more weight to the decision.
From the moment the scooters arrived on the streets in May they’ve spurred debate. Some people believing they’re a useful mode of transportation, others insisting they’re too dangerous.
“I’ve seen some close calls, I’ve had a couple of close calls,” said Dezmend Drumgould, who often rides a scooter to work. But he thinks some things need to change.
“I think they need to be regulated just a little bit more.”
The crash between a 9-year-old boy and a city bus Tuesday night is an example of the dangers of the scooters.
“When you start a pilot program you probably don’t anticipate that’s one of the scenarios that might occur,” said Councilman Brinker Harding.
He, along with other council members 6 News spoke with, believe it’s important to finish the six-month trial period with the scooters.
“At the conclusion of the pilot program take all the information, take all the data and see there’s a way to craft a program that would be safe for all parties involved.”
You’re supposed to be at least 18-years-old, to ride the scooters, but all it takes is access to a smartphone with the scooter app on it and anyone can take a ride.
For people like Lisa Hartman, the recent crash is a cause for pause.
“It makes me wonder about the access that younger people have to it. And that people aren’t always going to be around to watch them adult wise.”