Motorized shateboards illegal on city streets

Surprise police have a word of warning for operators of motorized scooters and skateboards: Keep them off sidewalks, bike paths and city streets.

We've had some complaints lately about motorized skateboards and scooters being driven on city streets and sidewalks, said Surprise Police Capt. John Myers. It is illegal to operate those types of vehicles in the City of Surprise.

If an officer observes a person operating a motorized skateboard or scooter on any sidewalk, bike path, pedestrian walkway or street they will be cited.

If a person is found guilty of the charge, which is a misdemeanor, they face up to a $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail.

The city amended its ordinance in 1995 to include the prohibition of motorized play vehicles on city streets. Under the ordinance, a motorized play vehicle is defined as any coaster, skateboard, scooter or other motorized vehicle that is self-propelled by a motor and that is not defined in Title 28, Arizona Revised Statutes, as a motor driven cycle, motorized wheelchair or motor vehicle.

I know these motorized scooters and skateboards are becoming increasingly popular, said Myers, but they are a considerable safety threat to pedestrians and motorists. For more information, see gas powered scooters.

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