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Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Releases First Study On Electric Scooters

Image of Bird and Lime Electronic Scooters

Over a third of injured people in the study said they would use the scooters again. (Tyler Lake, WFIU/WTIU News)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently did its first study looking at injuries that occurred while riding electric scooters.

The study looked at medical records of people who used emergency medical services during a three-month span in Austin, Texas.

Numbers show that half of people injured while riding a scooter reported head injuries or other severe trauma, like a broken leg.

Lori Gill is the Trauma Program Manager at IU Health. She says one issue is that people may treat operating a scooter more casually than they do other transportation

“We’re going to always recommend that they operate this as they would any other vehicle, whether it be a bicycle, motorcycle, moped,” Gill says.

Fifteen percent of head injuries recorded in the CDC study were classified as Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Electric scooters came to Bloomington last year. The city council will consider adopting a permanent ordinance regulating their use later this summer, after delaying a vote on the proposal multiple times.

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