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Life-threatening injuries: E-scooter driver collides with taxi in Bonn

Life-threatening injuries : E-scooter driver collides with taxi in Bonn

Early Sunday morning, an e-scooter driver was critically injured in Bonn after colliding with a taxi. Alcohol may have played a role.

A 26-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries in an accident on the Ermekeilstraße. According to the police, the man was on the road with an e-scooter at 3:10 a.m. early Sunday morning. At the juncture with the Bonner Talweg, he failed to yield to a 62-year-old taxi driver who was driving along the Bonner Talweg in the direction of Reuterstrasse and had the right of way. There was a collision and the 26-year-old was thrown onto the street, according to witnesses.

In the large taxi, a VW Touran, there were six passengers who - although visibly shocked by the serious accident - immediately provided first aid. They received support from two other persons.

The 26-year-old was then taken to hospital in an ambulance. The Bonner Talweg had to be closed completely while details of the accident were being recorded. The police believe that the e-scooter driver was drunk, as a considerable smell of alcohol was detected in his breath. For this reason the collection of a blood sample was ordered, the result is still pending. The 26-year-old was not wearing a protective helmet. Police officers seized the e-scooter. The accident resulted in minor damage to property.

The police advise that the same blood alcohol limits apply to e-scooters as to car and motorbike drivers. This means that 0.3 mg/ml is sufficient to constitute a criminal offense if the driver shows signs of being impaired. Consequences can be revocation of the driving license, points against the driver's record, or a fine. Normally, the limit is 0.5 mg/ml. Then the driver faces a fine and a driving ban. A driver with 1.1 mg/ml or higher is considered completely incapacitated and commits a criminal offense. By the way: In the probation period and with drivers who are younger than 21 years, the legal limit is 0.0 mg/ml.

It happens from time to time that people who are intoxicated fall back on e-scooters as a means of transport. At the end of September, the police noticed a driver on Winterstraße in Bad Godesberg who was heading for Burgstraße on the sidewalk. The 17-year-old drove very unsafely. When the officers stopped him, they noticed the smell of alcohol. The result of the alcohol test: 1.1 mg/ml.

On the same night, a 20-year-old man was found by police to have 1.6 mg/ml. The officers had stopped him on Godesberger Strasse because he had been weaving in and out. Also at the end of September, a 27-year-old had to surrender his driving license because he had chosen an electric scooter as his means of transport while having a blood alcohol level of 1.7 mg/ml. Just like the others, he is being investigated for drunk driving. At the beginning of September, the officers stopped a tourist on an e-scooter. An alcohol test showed a level of 1.2 mg/ml. The man had to deposit a total of 900 euros to cover the criminal proceedings, and he was also forbidden to drive motor vehicles.

Orig. text: Ayla Jacob

Translation: ck