FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 6, 2018
A manual review of nearly 100,000 EMS records logged between July 2018 and Oct. 31 shows only 19 accidents involving electric scooters, according to the Kansas City Fire Department.
The information was compiled in response to public information requests for accident information related to the motorized scooters that are quickly becoming trendy modes of transportation in some KCMO areas.
None of the reported injuries were life-threatening, with only one case resulting in someone being transported to the hospital as an emergency disposition. Eleven others were taken to hospitals for evaluation and treatment, while five others refused treatment or transportation to hospitals. Two calls were cancelled by the caller.
Specifics regarding times, locations or details of individual cases are considered protected health information and are not subject to the state’s Sunshine Law.
Emergency calls involving motorized scooters are not routinely separated from other pedestrian incidents. However, since multiple requests for this information were submitted, KCFD opted to manually review 96,850 calls received by its Communications Center during the four-month interval between July and October.
Most of the injuries reported included abrasions and pain in limbs. Four records reflected probable fractures or dislocations. Three involved motor vehicles but the majority resulted from riders losing their balance and falling.
The manual review of such a large volume of records is time consuming and diverts staff resources from other duties. Since this request goes beyond the simple release of information already part of established records and reports, the cost for similar requests in the future will likely be passed along to the requester.
The City has interim operating agreements with Bird Rides, Inc., and Lime, companies that rent electric scooters. These businesses are known as “Dockless Shared Active Transportation Companies.” The interim agreement allows companies to do business in KCMO while city staffers develop a pilot program. Data from both companies will help decide potential long-term policy and ordinance changes.
For more information about accidents involving electric scooters, contact KCFD Deputy Chief PIO James Dean at 816-513-4662. All other inquiries should be directed to KCMO Communications Director Chris Hernandez at 816-513-3474.