Speeding scooter seized by police

ACT Road Policing is reminding the community of the dangers of modifying an e-scooter, after one was detected by police, being ridden at 100km/h.

About 8.40am today (Friday, 23 December 2022) officers observed the scooter on the Majura Parkway on-road bike lane and a police laser confirmed its excessive speed.

When police motorcycle officers directed the scooter rider to stop, he left the roadway and proceeded onto an adjacent bike path.

Soon after, the rider lost control of the scooter and fell off, before attempting to flee the scene on foot. He was apprehended nearby a short time later and a roadside test returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

The rider, a 38-year-old Phillip man, was conveyed to hospital by ambulance for treatment to minor injuries.

It is illegal to ride a Personal Mobility Device, including an e-scooter, at a speed in excess of 25km/h. Due to the speed recorded by the rider, he will be charged with vehicular offences including disqualified driving, using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, and failing to stop for police. Additional charges are likely.

The scooter has been seized by police, and the man will face court in January.

Police have also stopped the first driver in the ACT who will lose their licence for speeding, due to double demerit points received this Christmas holiday period.

About 7.20am today a red Mazda Utility was detected at 139km/h in a 90km/h zone on Caswell Drive, Aranda. A 22-year-old Belconnen woman was issued an infringement of $1841 and twelve demerit points.

Road users are reminded double demerit points are in effect in the ACT until 11.59pm Monday, 2 January 2023.

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Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au

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