Santa Monica Police Remind Riders of Motorized Scooters to Follow the Law
By Lookout Staff
January 12, 2018 -- Santa Monica police are warning riders of the increasingly popular motorized scooters that they must abide by the law, which requires them to have a drivers license and wear a bicycle helmet.
Motorized scooters are vehicles with two wheels powered by an electric motor, handlebars and a floorboard where the riders stand, police said.
When used at night, the scooters must be equipped with a white headlight, a red reflector on the back and yellow reflectors on each side, as well as a white light attached to the rider.
Riders must stay as close as possible to the right curb or roadway edge and walk the scooter across street when turning left. They must use established bicycle lanes when they are available.
Motorized scooters cannot be used on a highway with a speed limit of more than 25 miles per hour unless it is operated within a class II bicycle lane.
When operating on a highway, the handlebars must be kept no higher than shoulder level.
Operators must ride alone and cannot carry "any package, bundle, or article that prevents the operator from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars," according to the code.
The vehicles cannot be operated on a sidewalk, unless it is necessary to do so to enter or leave a property.
Operators cannot leave a scooter lying on its side on any sidewalk or park on a sidewalk in a way that the vehicle obstructs the path of pedestrians.
Attaching a motorized scooter to any other vehicle on the roadway is against the law.
For more information on the use of motorized scooters call SMPD’s Traffic Division at (310) 458-8466.