The German police arrested a 27-year-old drunk man on the night from Wednesday to Thursday, who was driving an electric scooter along a motorway near Cologne.
According to the German DPA news agency, the man even had a beer in his hands. However, a local police spokesperson cannot confirm that against AFP . The scooter rider is penalized for driving under the influence.
Around 2.20 the Cologne police received countless phone calls from people who had seen the man driving on the German A4. Within minutes, officers met the drunken man and "put an end to the unsafe situation."
According to the police, the driver of the scooter accidentally landed on the highway. An alcohol test showed that the man had an alcohol level of 1.3 in his blood. That is more than double the permitted amount for motorists.
Use of electric steps has grown rapidly in Europe
The German Autobahn is known for its long straight sections where some places do not have a speed limit. Electric steps usually do not go faster than 25 kilometers per hour.
The vehicle is not allowed on public roads, but things often go wrong. A Frenchman was killed in August when he was hit by a motorcycle on a highway outside of Paris.
The use of the so-called e-scooters has increased enormously in Germany since the summer. Around 40,000 of them drive around in Cologne alone. They are also popular in Munich and Berlin, especially among tourists. There are now companies in all kinds of European cities that offer rides with partial scooters.
You can also ride an electric scooter in the Netherlands. These are permitted as soon as the scooter is designated by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management as a special moped.
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