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Road rules: The push to regulate scooters in Charlotte

The city council's transportation committee called for aggressive ad campaigns to let people know what they can and cannot do -- wanting the companies to buy in as well.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — You've probably seen scooters snaking through the streets of Charlotte, whizzing by on the sidewalks.

But there are a lot of bumps in the road for the hottest new way to travel around town.

"I look like a raccoon," said a woman who was hurt in a scooter accident.

A local councilman watched horrified as a scooter crashed in the Queen City last month.

"I just saw it hit," he said.

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In other cities, scooter accidents have turned deadly.

Up until now, the riders have been able to scoot by the rules.

"There really aren't any rules of the road; you've seen 'em out there, all kinds of crazy places."

City council members said it's time to change that.

"Because scooters are considered vehicles, scooter riders should be yielding to pedestrians, and they shouldn't be drinking and scooting."

The council's transportation committee called for aggressive ad campaigns to let people know what they can and cannot do -- wanting the companies to buy in as well.

"They need to set aside marketing dollars to help get the word out."

While the city wants to make some changes, they're hitting the brakes as they find the state laws continue to lag behind.

But the council said there are many more ways to get from A to B these days. It's time to figure out how we all share the road -- and do it safely.

"It kinda reminds me of what it must of have been like when automobiles first started traveling streets. There weren't any laws to govern car use, people were getting hurt in the streets, and things were just kinda chaotic there for awhile."

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