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Three cited after riding electric scooters on the freeway

Posted at 6:40 PM, Aug 20, 2019

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department says three men were cited for riding e-scooters on the freeway.

It happened Monday just after 1 p.m. Three men from Texas told the Sheriff's Department they were on their way to the Harley-Davidson Museum when their GPS took them onto the freeway near 11th and Tory Hill Street.

In order to get out of the freeway, the men decide to traverse three lanes of traffic in the middle of the afternoon. One by one, they dashed in front of speeding traffic with their scooters.

"I can't believe that," Joann Killian of Pleasant Prairie said. "How stupid. I'm sorry, that's stupid. Adults should know better."

Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies took the men to a safer space on Clybourn Street. They gave them back their scooters and they each received a hefty $204 fine for the debacle.

With the exception of these three men, most everyone can agree they would avoid the freeway on the new e-scooters. However, not everyone knows the simpler rules.

"I personally haven't gone on the street with it," Molly Keiper of Whitefish Bay said. "I just stay on the sidewalk and kind of go back and forth."

"Whether in the City of Milwaukee or in the Parks system attached to the City of Milwaukee, the same rules apply," Inspector Daniel Hughes of the sheriff's department said. "You're supposed to be in the roadway. They don't want you on the sidewalks and that holds true whether it's us looking at them or the City of Milwaukee Police Department."

The Department of Public Works released the following statement after the incident:

"With more than 100,000 trips being taken since the launch of the Dockless Scooter Pilot, we consider the freeway incident an anomaly. We encourage all scooter users to obey the rules of the road and be fully aware of their surroundings."