Man convicted of drunken el-scooter use

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A 38-year-old Norwegian man who ran into a pedestrian while operating an electric scooter in Oslo last summer has been convicted, sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined NOK 20,000 (USD 2,200). The person he hit was injured, but only stands to receive NOK 1,000 in compensation.

News bureau NTB reported that the collision occurred after the 38-year-old, who had a blood-alcohol level of 2.14, had been zig-zagging through cars and pedestrians. He ran into another man who was standing still while reading something on his mobile phone.

The injured man was taken to Oslo’s emergency medical unit for treatment of injuries to an arm and a leg. A court awarded him NOK 1,000 in compensation. The errant el-scooter rider was also ordered to pay NOK 2,000 in court costs.

The number of scooter accidents has declined since Oslo city officials finally cracked down on the business earlier this year and limited how many scooters can be in operation at any given time. That has also helped reduce the numbers of scooter-related injuries, which had soared in the Norwegian capital.

newsinenglish.no staff