Trendy electric scooters have been popping up on the streets of Europe for months, from Paris to Prague, allowing riders to zip along city streets with ease. But the police in Copenhagen have a clear message for potential users:

Don’t drink and scoot.

Over the weekend, 28 people were arrested in a crackdown on drunken scooter riders, Copenhagen’s police force announced on Twitter on Monday, as part of a larger push by Denmark’s traffic authority to keep intoxicated drivers off the road.

Of those arrested, 24 people were charged with drunken driving and another four were charged with operating scooters while under the influence of narcotics. They face fines of up to $600 for first- and second-time offenders, or potential jail time for more frequent violators.

The battery-powered electric scooters provided by private companies can be picked up and parked anywhere in Copenhagen by riders who rent them through mobile apps. Their popularity has grown quickly in the city since January, when the vehicles were introduced there.

At the time, Denmark’s traffic authority issued a set of rules for scooter use: A rider must be at least 15 years old, have a blood alcohol level below 0.05, and not ride on the sidewalk or in pedestrian zones.

Standing behind a lectern emblazoned with the message “Scooters in Paris, do away with anarchy,” Ms. Hidalgo said the issue was a matter of safety, and introduced a series of new measures that took effect July 1.

“Every week is marked by a news item — a woman hit in a garden, an elderly person knocked down on a pedestrian crossing and dying,” Ms. Hidalgo said, according to the French news outlet Le Point. “My role as mayor is to defend these victims and avoid others.”

Famed Parisian streets like the Champs Élysées and Grands Boulevards have been overwhelmed with people riding scooters on their way to work and tourists tooling about.

Ms. Hidalgo said that by this fall, parking electric scooters on a sidewalk or other footpath would be illegal and that riders would be subject to a speed limit of 20 kilometers per hour, or about 12 miles per hour, throughout Paris among other measures.

David Chong, 48, a Parisian who recently bought his own scooter, said he would not be bothered by the new restrictions, though they will force him to change his habits. He currently takes his son to school on his scooter, but the city council plans to prohibit two people from riding on the same vehicle together.

“I’m fine with that,” said Mr. Chong, who considers his scooter a convenient way to move around the bustling city. “It has become a mess. I understand that new rules must be applied.”

In Germany, rental companies quickly rolled out electric scooters in cities across the country, after the government approved their use in mid-June. But there have already been some bumps in the road.

One Danish Twitter user noted that scooters discarded in the middle of a sidewalk made for difficult passage for blind people or those with reduced mobility.


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