As a vast number of people use e-scooters to get back-and-forth on a night out, Swedish e-scooter company Voi recommends that people do not use the scooters for this purpose.
"You should not ride an e-scooter while drunk or otherwise intoxicated. Not only is it extremely unsafe for you, other road users, and pedestrians, but you may be prosecuted under drink or drug driving laws. Dangerous and careless driving offences also apply to e-scooter users, and e-scooters are subject to the same drink-drive limits as cars in many countries," states the company.
According to a 2019 study by Brussel’s Saint-Pierre Hospital, 35 percent of e-scooter users admitted to hospital had consumed alcohol.
To quell riding under the influence, Voi has developed an in-app reaction test game, in which players need to tap helmets on the screen as they appear in a random sequence.
If a player receives a certain score, they pass the test.
People will, however, still be able to unlock the scooter regardless of whether or not they pass the test.
"We want to do our part to help prevent drunk riding," writes Voi in a blog post regarding their new app feature.
The new app feature is currently available in Denmark, Norway, Finland, the UK, Germany, and Switzerland.
A full roll-out across the cities in which Voi operates will come in the following weeks.
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