BONN A 22-year-old girl was seriously injured in the Rheinaue in Bonn on Tuesday evening. Eyewitnesses observed how the young woman lost control on an e-scooter.
On Tuesday evening, a 22-year-old woman lost control of her e-scooter and suffered such serious injuries in the fall that she had to be treated by an emergency doctor on site and was then taken to hospital. The police reported this on Wednesday morning, referring to testimony from witnesses. Accordingly at 8 pm the young woman without a helmet was on a tarred way in the Rhine meadow near the Martin Luther King road.
The Bonn police expressly warned that even falls at low speed can lead to serious head injuries. Although there is no obligation to wear a helmet for electric scooters, as with cycling, the police urgently advise to always wear a helmet. The cause of the 22-year-old's fall is still unknown.
If you use an e-scooter in public traffic, you have to follow the rules. Otherwise, charges and fines could be imposed. For example, it costs between 60 and 180 Euro to break a red traffic light. The police can impose a fine of between 15 and 30 Euro on anyone on the sidewalk. Driving on the motorway is not only life-threatening - it is forbidden and costs 20 Euro.
E-scooters need an insurance number plate - if you don't have one, you have to pay 40 Euro. If the electric scooter does not have an operating permit, 70 Euro are due. Driving side by side can cost between 15 and 30 Euro.
There is no obligation to wear a helmet, but the police advise you to wear one. You don't need a driving licence to drive an electric scooter. However, there is a minimum age of 14 years. The Bonner landlord TIER only allows use from the age of 18. The maximum permissible speed limit for so-called mini electric vehicles is 20 kilometres per hour. If you change your E-Scooter technically so that it drives faster, you have to reckon with a criminal charge.
The same per mille limits apply to e-scooter drivers as to car drivers, and there is also a ban on mobile phones and smartphones. If there is no cycle path, e-scooters must be put on the road, using the sidewalk is not allowed. Vehicles may generally only be used by one person. If you turn with your vehicle, you have to give a hand signal, just like when riding a bicycle. In Bonn, the rented e-scooters may not be parked in many areas of the city centre.
(Original text: Sebastian Meltz; Translation: Mareike Graepel)