Councilmember Koretz, LAPD Announce E-Scooter Enforcement Task Force

Koretz speaking at today's e-scooter task force announcement. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Koretz speaking at today's e-scooter task force announcement. Photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

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At the intersection of Melrose and Fairfax this afternoon, L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz and LAPD representatives hosted a press conference to announce a new E-Scooter Task Force. The “task force” is essentially a push for police to enforce e-scooter laws, including prohibitions on sidewalk riding and multiple riders on a single scooter. Tickets for these offenses cost riders $197.

Koretz has made his anti-scooter views pretty clear. Earlier this year, he urged L.A. to get rid of them. In 2018, he called for them to be banned.

Today Koretz stated, “Everywhere I go, I get complaints from people harmed by e-scooters.” He called e-scooter riding on sidewalks “the most dangerous” scooter behavior, due to the danger posed to pedestrians, including senior citizens. Koretz sees enforcement as key to “protect[ing] the lives and safety of our residents on the sidewalks.”

Koretz called e-scootering “a risky activity” for the rider, stating that he questions “if there is a way to make these [scooters] completely safe,” and that “a couple of people have died on scooters in Los Angeles.”

(SBLA is aware of only one shared e-scooter death in the city of L.A. In Hollywood this past April, a driver fleeing police pursuit killed a scooterist before being apprehended and charged with five felonies. To date, there have been no pedestrians killed by e-scooters. Drivers do kill hundreds of Angelenos each year, most of whom are pedestrians. But that’s another story.)

LAPD West Traffic Captain Elaine Morales stated that her three top priorities are e-scooter violations, speed limit violations, and pedestrians.

Koretz marshaled city efforts to add stencils against sidewalk e-scootering, including at the corner where today’s press event was held.

"No scooter riding on sidewalk" stencil
“No scooter riding on sidewalk” stencil
  • dsiple

    Please put one of these stencils on the sidewalk on N. St. Andrews Place in Hollywood. The scooter riders are rude and pay no attention to pedestrians and they drive way too fast. They also park them in the middle of the sidewalks when they’re done riding them.

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