Accidents reported just days after UCF introduces Spin scooters to students

Video: Accidents reported just days after UCF introduces Spin scooters to students

ORLANDO, Fla. — New Spin scooters were introduced to students at the University of Central Florida just 10 days ago, and there have already been eight accidents reported to police.

Campus police are keeping an eye out for students who are not riding the scooters properly.

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A video shows a group of students were almost hit by a car while they were riding the scooters at night.

A few students were even seen riding on the wrong side of the road.

According to UCF police, officers stopped one student for riding on the wrong side of the road and another officer stopped a student to educate him on the safety of using scooters.

“The first time I got on one, I almost hit somebody, and I’ve seen it happen a few times,” a student said.

The university put out a safety video on how to properly ride the scooters.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a couple of accidents, but other students told me there are safety features on the scooters to prevent these kinds of accidents,” one student said.

Six people have been injured, three fell off of whom and suffered minor injuries after they hit the sidewalk.

In three other cases, students collided with others on the sidewalk.

In one case, a student stated she was the victim of a hit-and-run. The student told officers while she was walking on the sidewalk, she was struck by an individual on a scooter. The individual did not stop to check on her well-being and left the scene.

UCF police said the scooter riders must abide by the same laws as bicyclists.

No tickets have been issued at this point because they are allowing students to get used to the scooters. If necessary, police can and will cite those who break the law.