TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - When electric scooters arrived in Tempe and Scottsdale in May, people started falling in love with them. But lately, it seems like more and more people are simply falling off of them.

“Lots of extremity injuries – broken bones, ankles. Sprains, all those types. Then you get into head injuries,” ER nurse Scott Ehlers said.

The past three months or so for Ehlers have been filled with patients who got hurt on scooters.

“It seems like it’s two or three a day,” he said.

Most of the injuries he sees at Tempe St. Luke’s aren’t too serious because the really bad ones are sent to trauma centers. But Ehlers has still treated riders with concussion symptoms.

“They don’t wear helmets,” he said his patients tell him. “People aren’t just walking around with helmets and then climbing on a scooter.”

Mill Avenue is especially full of scooters on almost every corner, even right in front of Tempe St. Luke’s. But the riders who tend to get hurt, Ehlers says, are the one who have been drinking, and often the ones who have never ridden a scooter before.

“[They] had no idea of how fast you could go or what could happen when they get on them,” Ehlers said. He suggests not going full speed, and following the rules of the road for scooters (the City of Tempe has handy infographics to explain them).

Meanwhile, the hospital and the City are in the very early stages of brainstorming an education campaign to promote scooter safety.


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