ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Abilene police said they are planning additional patrol efforts for downtown so they can monitor the behavior of Bird scooter riders.
Deputy Police Sgt. Richard Wagoner said the APD was “looking to get ahead of the problem” by considering hiring additional units to patrol downtown Abilene to focus specifically on cyclists.
Currently, no Bird scooter riders have received citations, but that could change if they continue to disobey traffic laws and disrupt the public.
Video from a resident on the Wooten Hotel’s top floor shows bird scooter riders cutting and circling cars, and a group of customers were harassed by bird scooter riders as they left a downtown Abilene bar last week. This incident then escalated into a physical attack.
“If you’re going to ride them, you have to understand that there are rules and laws to follow,” said Sgt. Wagoner said.
Bird scooter riders must be 18, but Sgt. Wagoner acknowledges that this is an easy stipulation to circumvent.
He says passengers shouldn’t just be worried about tickets, but also about their own safety, particularly as a bird scooter driver was seriously injured after pulling out in front of a van in the north of ‘Abilene earlier this week.
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