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City Council votes to not require helmets for electric scooter riders

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Posted at 7:07 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 16:59:27-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha City Council voted on rules for riding motorized scooters on Tuesday.

The mayor's office says the vote creates clear definitions on what's allowed as the city moves ahead with another scooter pilot program.

The council passed an amendment that allows people under 18 to ride a personal scooter as long as they're wearing a helmet.

Those over 18 won't be required to wear a helmet when riding electric scooters.

Trauma doctors were worried about head injuries to riders.

The ordinance will require people to use electric scooters on streets no faster than 35 mph and be 18 years old with a license. You can’t go on sidewalk or you could get a $100 fine.

City Council will discuss the 2nd electric scooter pilot program more next week.