TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- What if I told you the rules for electric scooters are about to change in Tempe? If I told you changes are statewide, you would probably be less inclined to believe me.

[WATCH: Caught Misbehavin': Scooter safety]

So, for the sake of believability, let’s just focus on the city of Tempe. Downtown, to be specific!

Well, have you noticed just how many people are riding their scooters on the sidewalks? Well, soon, in Tempe, that could be a thing of the past, at least in the downtown section and other part of Tempe that has a bicycle lane .

In all of Tempe, where there are bike lanes, the scooters will be required to use the bike lanes when the speed limit is 25 and under, it the speed limit exceeds 25 the scooters will be permitted to use the sidewalk. 

Under new proposed guidelines. scooters would be given all the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists, which means they must ride with the flow of traffic.

They will be required to yield to pedestrians.

Those 18 and under must use a helmet… which ironically, brings me to the new dog in the scooter fight… Zapp scooters and electric bike where they upped the game.

Caught Misbehaving with Stanley Roberts exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences. His reports air regularly on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.
 
 


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