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CALL 6: IMPD given green light to enforce scooter ordinances, according to internal memo

Posted at 6:00 AM, Sep 18, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers have been given the green light to start enforcing scooter ordinances in Indianapolis, according to an internal memo obtained by Call 6 Investigates.

The internal memo, called a Bulletin within IMPD, was sent from the department’s Planning and Research Office and directs officers about what they can and can't do when it comes to enforcing the city’s ordinances on the scooters.

"The education piece of that, we're still pushing out,” IMPD Captain John Mann said. “We're also enforcing the law. If you're breaking the law on the scooter, then we will enforce it."

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The first page of the two-page memo lays out city ordinances of where people can and can’t ride scooters. It says, "Motorized scooters must follow all traffic laws and may not be operated on public sidewalks, trails, or greenways."

The memo details all three sections of the city’s ordinances on “vehicles on public property restricted” and then tells officers how to write violations to riders.

The memo says, “Ordinance violations may be issued on a handwritten ordinance/parking violation ticket or through [the Electronic Citation and Warning System].” It also says officers should not tow or impound the scooters unless they are evidence in a criminal investigation.

The second half of the memo lays out the city’s ordinances when it comes to parking the scooters around the city after laying out each item within the new city ordinance about scooters. It then tells officers they should "not take parking enforcement action against shared mobility device users at this time.”

“Further directions on the enforcement of equipment and parking regulations of shared mobility devices may be forthcoming,” the memo says.

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